After a string of exceptional albums (in particular Heavy Metal Fruit and The Death-Defying Unicorn), I was particularly interested to hear what Motorpsycho had for their most recent release, one featuring guitarist Reine Fiske (whose collaboration last year with Elephant9 was quite excellent). However, my expectations were a bit tempered by reading elsewhere that the album was largely a collection of outtakes from the writing sessions for The Death-Defying Unicorn.
The album's opening track "Hell, part 1-3" starts off slow, but picks up speed with some decent vocals and psyched-out guitar riffs, but none of the tracks really stand out as exceptional, especially in the wake of the last couple of Motorpsycho albums. Of particular note, however, is the song "Barleycorn (Let It Go/Let It Be)", a bit poppier of a song but still packed with a subtle amount of energy and a very blissful psych-pop soundscape.
If you're new to Motorpsycho, just about any of their six studio albums prior to this one (from Black Hole/Blank Canvas onward) would be better places to start off than this. For those who are long-standing fans, this one is worth the pick-up, but set your expectations accordingly.