Eurojam Part Three Edition: The Comet Is Coming, Wall/Eyed, Forever Pavot & Motorpsycho
The Comet Is Coming: Channel The Spirits
Hot tunes are coming fast and furious from across the Atlantic, time for another round of the always-interesting Eurojam Edition of the Weekly RecommNeds. Getting things going and hopefully getting y’all off your feet is the supremely funky The Comet Is Coming. These intergalactic groove merchants recently put out Channel The Spirits, an album that does, indeed, sound like it might have traveled here by comet. Mixing funk, jazz, hip-hop and the-music-is-the-drug brain-teasing this is a tremendous debut full-length, bringing the old “acid jazz” into the 21st century. Go on, go on, I know you’ll dig.
Crossing the channel to Paris, we’ll need some daydreamer headphone tunes to keep things good and trippy for the, er, trip. Constantinople, the brand new five-song EP from French five-piece, Wall/Eyed will definitely do the trick. With a psychedelic synth-pop-meets-lysergic-guitar sound, the Parisian jammers provide some killer chill-out tunes. Too new to be known, there’s little out there about these guys that doesn’t need to be translated from French, so may as well just enjoy the music for now.
Forever Pavot: Le Bon Coin Forever
Staying in France, we have the newest from Forever Pavot who has been featured here before. I love an album with a good backstory, and the one for Le Bon Coin Forever is pretty great. (as far as I can tell from French translation) Emile Sornin, the musician who performs as Forever Pavot, went through classified ads for weird one-of-a-kind instruments, went over to check them out and recorded little improvised melodies. The whole endeavor became a short film and this album/soundtrack. Totaling nine tracks, none barely more than two minutes in length, the music is fun and weird and as unique as the instruments Sornin found. Watch the video, listen to the tunes … something doubly different.
Motorpsycho: Here Be Monsters
Finally, we head over to Norway for the newest from V, a band that isn’t necessarily brand new, but one that’s probably under-appreciated by the average U.S. jam-lover. Here Be Monsters sums up their sound perfectly in that it can’t really be summed up easily. With the prog-rockers love of ambitious style-hopping, intricate rock-orchestration and genre-defying melodies, Motorpsycho delivers in full. Each track is a patient voyage – one almost 10 minutes, the final song almost 18 – with brain-spirals, ecstatic peaks and plenty of psych-folk-metal-classic-rock fusion. Get out your fork and steak knife for this one, you’re going to need ‘em.