En Konsert For Folk Flest

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On July 31st, 2014, Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken, together with Kammerkoret Aurum and Sheriffs of Nothingness, performed En Konsert For Folk Flest in the mighty Nidaros Cathedral in the band's hometown of Trondheim as part of Trondheim's biggest cultural festival, Olavsfestdagene (OFD). Luckily, they had the foresight to have it all filmed and recorded, and now this ambitious work is available in a lavish, heavy-duty Stoughton package containing two 180-gram records, one CD, one DVD, and a 24-page LP-size booklet. Documenting an event that most likely will never be repeated, this is a unique album in many ways, one being that all the lyrics, sung by the 24-piece choir, are in Norwegian for the first time in the band's history. The 2014 theme of OFD was "Folk." This is roughly analogous to the English "folk," but the term seems to have a slightly wider connotation in Norway. In Norwegian it can mean "people," in an ethnic sense, as well as "nation," in a cultural sense, and doesn't necessarily carry all the folkloristic connotations that it does in English. The lyrics of Motorpsycho's finished piece focus on the peculiar Norwegian notion of "folk flest." This is a term used by politicians and their ilk to signify "most people." Author and friend Johan Harstad, in addition to writing the prose pieces that were printed in the concert program specifically made for the occasion and included here in the booklet, functioned as a lyrics consultant in the process. Musically, this format also represented quite a few new challenges for the band. Writing for a choir is obviously quite a different task than writing for a hard rock trio, and one that the band hadn't grappled with before. To all involved, it was thus important that the music retained a genuinely Motorpsychodelic feel and did not come off like some choir music pastiche. Storløkken's take on the compositional minutiae of this work is obviously fully his own -- he remains a truly unique writer no matter the context -- but the combination of his and Motorpsycho's musical languages is also quite often a very special and explosive one. The DVD includes the full concert plus a 65-minute documentary. The 24-page LP-size booklet includes the Norwegian lyrics and Johan Harstad's text "Manifest For Folk Flest" with an English translation. One-time pressing of 2000 hand-numbered copies.