Norway - Full Moon 59 - 08/04/01
Trash Grass & Love Songs
If you're familiar with those weird sounding tunes showing up towards the end of a typical
Motopsycho EP, imagine combining that sound with a more or less traditional country & western
song, and you'll end up with Trash Grass & Love Songs. Here we get Martin Hagfors of
Home Groan and Håkon Gebhardt of Motorpsycho teaming up for some rather quirky country &
psycho-western, the two of them playing various instruments that range from guitar to banjo to
kazoo to egg slicer.
From the opening track, Sin Song, the album sets out to be a journey of simple sounds
and beautiful melodies. And some weirdness. Like the double kazoo solo on Detective Holds a
Pillow, or the kazoo and fiddle combo towards the end of Trash Grass. Recorded on
two-track tape over three days in Gebhardt's apartment, the production is about as simple as it
can get, leaving room for a pleasant sound. Well, the kazoos are actually kind of creepy.
If the phrase "country & western" makes you sick to your stomach, just shove Garth and
Shania out of your mind, and prepare for some real music. This is a wonderful collection
of songs that just might provide as much warmth as an open fire on a cold autumn evening.
Distribution in Norway: Tuba!
Copyright © 2001 Kentil'zha