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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I wouldn't say distinct. This record is great but they've really incorporated much of the modern Motorpsycho sound. Three of the tracks here really sound like outtakes from Little Lucid Moments.
    I’ll buy that. Striving to be Motorpsycho is not a bad thing in my book.
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    I see your point, but I don't agree. Outtakes? I've been following the band from the start, and this is still Elder, the guitar-bass combo is very characteristic to my ears. Yes, the sound of the instruments and voice is clearer or more polished, and maybe this is what you are referring to - but I don't see any other significant change in their music. Unless you suggest they were always some Motorpsycho clones.
    Anyway, I am not a huge Motorpsycho fan, and in terms of dramatic building and evoking feelings I don't see that strong of a connection between the two bands. The goal to be achieved is different in my opinion, despite the resemblance in means.

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    No, I'm referring to composition and arrangement, rather than tone or production. Coalescence sums up what I mean well; it has all the structure of a cut from any early Kapstad-era Motorpsycho record.
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    You may well be right. From the little Motorpsycho that I've heard, I wouldn't compare Elder to them. But again, I'm not that familiar with the Motorpsycho catalog. It's also possible that Elder came up with their sound separately, anyways.

    Neil

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    It's also possible that Elder came up with their sound separately, anyways.

    Neil
    I don't think Marco (and I know I'm not) is suggesting that Elder is intentionally aping or cloning Motorpyscho's sound. As a huge fan of both bands (I've got all the albums from both and a whole bunch of related stuff), there are a lot of musical touchstones. Heck, there is even a business connection: both are distributed by Stickman Records in Europe. There's a chance they've run into each other, a greater chance they're at least familiar with each other. But, again, each band really has its own identity. While both bands have followed different paths--and it's fair to say Motorpsycho has followed nearly every path a band can!--I do believe there is enough overlap to warrant a comparison. In fact, I think Elder fans should find a lot to like in Motorpsycho and vice versa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polmico View Post
    I don't think Marco (and I know I'm not) is suggesting that Elder is intentionally aping or cloning Motorpyscho's sound. As a huge fan of both bands (I've got all the albums from both and a whole bunch of related stuff), there are a lot of musical touchstones. Heck, there is even a business connection: both are distributed by Stickman Records in Europe. There's a chance they've run into each other, a greater chance they're at least familiar with each other. But, again, each band really has its own identity. While both bands have followed different paths--and it's fair to say Motorpsycho has followed nearly every path a band can!--I do believe there is enough overlap to warrant a comparison. In fact, I think Elder fans should find a lot to like in Motorpsycho and vice versa.
    Sounds good. So, as someone who is intimidated by the number of Motorpsycho different styles of releases...and knowing that I'm a big fan of the last three Elder full-length albums, could you recommend a Motorpsycho album I could start with?

    Neil

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    Aw man. That’s like asking me to pick which of my dogs I like better.

    Here Be Monsters is an album I can always come back to. The huge, sludgy epic title track, the H.P. Lovecraft cover, the killer instrumental, the California dreaming. I’m not much of a lyric guy, but there’s a lot on this album that resonates with me, and of course the band is heavy and tight.

    The Crucible is the best of the newer albums. It’s three epic tunes. Lots of far out soloing and some oddly VdGG-like moments (I’m not completely crazy for thinking that—probably).
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    Heavy Metral Fruit!

    New Elder arrived in my mailbox today. Lookin' forward to diving in...
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    Quote Originally Posted by polmico View Post
    Aw man. That’s like asking me to pick which of my dogs I like better.

    Here Be Monsters is an album I can always come back to. The huge, sludgy epic title track, the H.P. Lovecraft cover, the killer instrumental, the California dreaming. I’m not much of a lyric guy, but there’s a lot on this album that resonates with me, and of course the band is heavy and tight.

    The Crucible is the best of the newer albums. It’s three epic tunes. Lots of far out soloing and some oddly VdGG-like moments (I’m not completely crazy for thinking that—probably).
    Thanks.

    One spin in, and I'm really digging the new Elder. A fair amount of keys, especially 'tron, and some strong melodies to go with the heavy psychedelic crunch sit nicely together, IMO.

    Neil

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