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4 stars Progressive Psychedelic Folk

Mainly from this work, Motorpsycho musical swerved in his career, risky and ambitious. Welcome and smart on my part. Obviously for many of his fans was musical heresy.

Acoustic, melodic, structured, with a good dose of rock and electric guitars. With good participation of well-integrated orchestra in music and compositions. In the spirit of the sixties, sometimes. Definitely Motorpsycho firm stepped forward with phanerothyme-what would later be entrenched with the even more ambitious The Death Defying Unicorn. Here the music is tight and beautifully conveyed in 43 minutes.

I can not recommend it as a masterpiece, by the influences that are perceived, but with the personal touch of the band, and does not disappoint when listening intently.

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Posted Sunday, June 23, 2013 | Review Permalink
4 stars After hearing an awful lot how versatile Motorpsycho are and listening to, admittedly, a few of their latter-day albums and finding them at a heavy prog/classic rock mood, I decided to take a shot in the dark and just pick at random an album of their back repertoire. Boy I am glad I did.

What we find on Phanerothyme (whatever that is, well, I know now what that is, but when you read for the first, you like go, what the hell) is a collection of mostly compact, retro introspective pop rock/psychedelic/bluesy-folksy Americana tunes (and just one harder-rocking tune), often orchestrated with lush instrumentation - violins, retro keys, oboes, flutes and so on, even a banjo. These songs may not be progressive, but the band definitely is.

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Posted Sunday, February 22, 2015 | Review Permalink
4 stars Motorpsycho has a huge catalog of albums with a bigger variety of styles and genres they seem to cover. I started with their newer albums, and have been working my way backwards enjoying the journey. What I can say about Phanerothyme is that it should not be missed. Amazing songs like For Free, Go to California, Painting the Night Unreal, The Slow Phaseout, and When You're Dead could make it Motorpsycho's best album for some people. Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken: The Death Defying Unicorn for me is their best album, but I think Phanerothyme is easily their best indie rock output to date. Phanerothyme is less proggy than the newer stuff, but it has excellent songwriting and performances. The musicianship is stellar, and it has a magic to it that is also present in The Death Defying Unicorn. There is a warmth and charm to their early stuff, and Phanerothyme has it in spades. If you like the band in the least bit, and can appreciate different genres of music, this is a must own album. I highly recommend it to rock lovers with an eclectic side that can appreciate top notch songwriting.
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