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ROY MONTGOMERY

M: DARKMOTIF DANCEHALL

GRAPEFRUIT


Format: LP
Cata No: GY6-4
Barcode: 600197676417
It’s been over a decade since Roy Montgomery’s last album, and
R M H Q is a hell of a return. M: Darkmotif Dancehall is the most
experimental of the four albums. Montgomery explores new
guitar tones and song construction, allowing thick distorted murk
and overdriven sharpness to guide the melodies’ paths. It’s a playful
montage of differing masks with discovered sounds laying the
groundwork for each track to develop a mind of its own. “Six Guitar
Salute For Peter Gutteridge,” is a standout upbeat number providing a
personalized roadmap to the beyond, honoring the innovative original
member of The Clean who could cook up melodies from the most
bizarre ingredients, and who passed away last year.
Montgomery was in his rock band period in the eighties, when the
dark, minimalist post-punk of The Pin Group lead into the gloriously
open-ended freedoms of Dadamah. After a quiet spell, he returned
in the late nineties, producing towering spires of guitar lines that exposed
fragility between the strums. With his solo releases and in collaboration
with Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond (Hash Jar Tempo),
and Chris Heaphy (Dissolve), his focus shifted from the truth-mining
of rock music to epic celestialism. His ambitious yet humble tracks
outstrip their origins, and Montgomery toured the world sitting crosslegged
on the floor, playing twenty-plus-minute compositions.
A long period of silence followed, marked only with a split album
with Grouper (who lists Montgomery as a primary influence), involvement
in Torlesse Super Group, and a couple thematic variations serving
as soundtracks for films. Instead, he focused on his personal and
professional commitments. Unfortunately, two horrific events preceded
his return: the Christchurch earthquakes of 2011 condemned Montgomery’s
entire neighborhood save for his home, stripping his street
of a community; and, as a volunteer firefighter, he saw first-hand the
destruction and loss of life in the city center. Additionally, since 2014,
illness in the family has dominated his life. Self-expression once again
demanded an outlet.
R M H Q is four albums conceived and recorded over a very short
period, each of them carrying a distinct focus and mood.

Tracks:

1. Rough Take-off
2. 10538 Overdrive
3. Little Big Star
4. Dazed Pig Dreamhome Slide
5. At The Gogol Au Go Go (For Natstya
Terekhova)
6. Six Guitar Salute To Peter Gutteridge
7. Making Love In A Blast Furnace
8. Slow Heroes
9. Rough Landing

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