Motorpsycho and Stale Storlokken - The Death Defying Unicorn 2 x CD
05-RCD 124 CD
A very strong release from one of the most exciting and uncategorizable bands out there today!
"On this epic, double concept album, easily their most ambitious yet, Motorpsycho has assembled the cream of classical and jazz musicians from world class ensembles established in Trondheim, their hometown. The Death Defying Unicorn was first commissioned by Molde International Jazzfestival for their 50th anniversary in 2010 where it was performed on the main outdoor stage. This, however, has been partly re-arranged, refined and recorded from scratch at Propeller Studios in Oslo with Kåre Chr. Vestrheim once again co-producing as he did with Heavy Metal Fruit. Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, Elephant9, Humcrush, Terje Rypdal) is considered one of Norway's top keyboardists, but here he comes into his full as a writer and not at least arranger of the two ensembles. His contributions to this album cannot be stressed enough. Among the players in Trondheim Jazz Orchestra are well-known names such as Kjetil Møster (Ultralyd), André Roligheten (Albatrosh) and Mathias Eick, not to forget star violinist Ola Kvernberg. Most bands will reach a creative peak at a certain point in their career, after which they simply continue in a less interesting fashion before eventually calling it a day. Not so with Motorpsycho. After more than 20 years, they continue to develop and to challenge themselves artistically. Motorpsycho was founded in Trondheim by mainstays Bent Sæther and Hans Magnus Ryan. Drummer Håkon Gebhard joined them after their first album and stayed until 2005. Kenneth Kapstad took over the stool for Little Lucid Moments in 2008. Kim Hiorthøy is, as always, responsible for the artwork, this time joined by artist Thore Hansen for the fantastic inside illustration."