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Motrik - MOON: The Cosmic Electrics of MOTRIK 2LP
Jealou Butcher Records
Portland-based krautrock band MÃ¸trik formed in 2013, its four members united by a pledge to modernize their beloved genre. Sharing a passion for pioneers like Can, Kraftwerk, and TrÃ¤d, GrÃ¤s och Stenar, the group has demonstrated its ability to deliver over a series of EPs and albums, most recently 2020â€™s acclaimed Artificial Head. As they continue to experiment by incorporating additional influencesâ€”ranging from funk and jazz to psych and progâ€”MÃ¸trikâ€™s third full-length, a double LP titled MÃ˜Ã˜N: The Cosmic Electrics of MÃ˜TRIK, is a further continuation in the story of an historic genre befitting of the albumâ€™s cosmic artwork.
MÃ¸trik boldly takes full advantage of the space that four sides of vinyl allow on this latest offering. The middle of the album features two long suites that feel typical of the groupâ€™s dynamic live performances, which frequently feature fog cannons, lasers, and other prop homages to Kraftwerk and company. The 13-minute â€œStabilizeâ€� emerges from a haze of synth pulses and guitar tones, settling into a steady NEU!-like chug that swells and recedes like an ecstatic wave. On â€œSpace Elevatorâ€�, the motorik drive from which the band take their name evolves into an insinuating and sensual disco-like throb before the perfect proggy comedown in the final minute.