How do you follow up such an artistically and commercially successful venture as ”The Death Defying Unicorn”? First of all by just being Motorpsycho, a band that for close to 25 years have done whatever they want to without considering trends, career moves or expectations. For ”Still Life With Eggplant” they assembled some 20 songs of what Bent Sæther calls ”other music”, simply songs from the last three years that didn´t suit the Unicorn but refused to be ignored. In October the band entered Brygga Studio in Trondheim for the first time in many, many moons, this being the studio where they recorded a few of their first albums (“Soothe”, “Demon Box” and “Timothy's Monster”) some twenty years ago. This time the core trio was augumented by guitarist Reine Fiske. Best known for his work in Swedish psych-combos Dungen and The Amazing, Reine is an old acquaintance of the band, and his recent exploits with Ståle Storløkken's Elephant9 made the pairing seem like a potentially interesting one for Motorpsycho as well. The fruits of Reine's involvement, as presented on this album, speak for themselves: his fingerpicking dexterity on the acoustic guitar provides both “Barleycorn” and the old Love chestnut “August” with a solid organic bed for the musical escapades of the other three, and on “The Afterglow” his tasteful guitar shadings and mellotron work adds immensly to the mood of the song.
Also available on black vinyl and as a limited white vinyl edition.