专辑类型： Psychedelic Folk(迷幻民谣); Rock(摇滚)
唱片公司： Groove Attack
就个人的感受而言，这张专辑的风格整体上挺好的。当然，我是无法用几个词语来表述它给我的感情。惆怅、颓废、缠绵、幽怨……似乎都有。总之，有一种难言的诡异的暧昧。这种感觉在Mazzy Star的《Blue Light》里面、在Lisa Germano的《Pearls》里面、在Lydia Lunch的《Mechanical Flattery》里面……甚至在德彪西(Claude Debussy)的曲子中。其实，听Motion Pictures的音乐不是什么快乐的事情，比如第一曲《Nighthawks》，那种反复反复的旋律，仿佛无端烦恼轮回的开端——没有歌词，只有旋律——就像没有言语，只有苦闷。紧接的第二曲《My Queen, Your Dream》，和第一首风格连接紧密……整张CD的风格、曲风都调节的相当均衡，且过渡也十分自然，用浑然一体来形容丝毫不为过。这张CD的市场销量状况我不太清楚，但是我估计不是太好吧。他们始终不是大红大紫的乐队。不过喜欢这类很晦涩、很轻缓风格的朋友可以听听。这绝对是一张另类的民谣，少了些清新和乡土的感觉，多了的是一种当代乐坛少有的个性。
When you've crafted a clutch of immaculately hazy tunes, the album's ready to go and the EP is already on the way out the door, you don't really need - or expect - an obscure German collective to put the skids under you. However, word of these promos spread far and wide and The Live Ambient Workshop were soon contacted by their similarly-monikered European counterparts ...
Goodbye Live Ambient Workshop, hello Motion Pictures. Remember that name.
Following on from the critically-lauded "Nighthawks EP" comes Motion Pictures’ eponymous debut long-player. XFM, Channel 6 and Radios 1 and 2 have all picked up on the sublime lilt of "My Queen, Your Dream", with Zane Lowe and Mark Radcliffe amongst the growing list of admirers. Rob da Bank was also quick on the case, championing the breezy "Time For a Smile". Alternately light and dark, "Motion Pictures" is an album of contrasts: exquisitely chilled, but with an ethereal edge that keeps you checking over your shoulder - part daydream, part listless night visions. Bad things happen on sunny days too, remember.
The Isle of Wight four-piece was born when friends Tom Gardner, Rupert Brown and Antony Truckell took a sabbatical to the Lake District in October 2003. They returned with a vision, brought Jack Clutterbuck on board, and six months later the band now known as Motion Pictures was officially born.
Seasoned session drummer - and Motion Pictures mouthpiece - Brown had tired of backing scantily-clad American superstars, but found kindred spirits in Tom Gardner (vox, guitar) and Antony Truckell (bass, guitar). With the influence of classic sixties pop (Beatles, Kinks, Byrds), folk (Neil Young, Dylan) and prog (early Floyd) already in the mix with the likes of American experimental trumpeter John Hassle, Bert Jansch, Pentangle and some obscure Norwegian jazz, something interesting was inevitable. The arrival of Jack Clutterbuck (guitar, vox) brought more modern sensibilities (Kings of Leon, Sigur Ros, Stands) and a gaggle of carefully honed tunes to the table and the picture was nearly complete.
Six months of continuous rehearsal in a draughty church followed, and the band played their first show at a packed - and expectant - arts centre gig, soundtracking the latest cut from Island film-maker Darren Cooper.
Multi-instrumentalists to a man, the album (recorded purely in analogue at Stingray Studios and engineered by Brown) also features auto-harp, sarrod ("a 32 string Indian beauty"), zither banjo, calfskin drums and the classic Hammond L100 sound, as well as a host of other obscure instruments and an array of African and Egyptian percussion. "We’re not technophobes obsessed with getting hold of every new piece of kit ..." explains Brown, "we just find it easy to get the sounds we like out of analogue equipment".
Had the Stone Roses spent their five year hiatus sitting on beaches drinking red wine with the Mamas and Papas they just may have conjured "My Queen, Your Dream", an exquisite lilt that sends warm summer zephyrs across your face and through your hair. "It’s high time someone else around here took the lead and showed the way" sings Gardner, striking out at apathy but without the slightest hint of bitterness or regret. It’s akin to the melancholy of a sun-bleached summer photograph - you know that autumn followed, but could hardly care to tell from the easy smiles and tanned skin captured in the snap.
The gentle finger-picked guitar and airy vocals of Time For a Smile puts similar flowers in your hair, this time with a tinge of lament: "Now I find she’s entwined with another of my kind". But tracks like "Flying Eye" and "Maybe Another Time" indicate better the swirling waters beneath the calm surface - the former has the ghostly unease of a half-remembered nightmare and puts in mind dark deeds and subterfuge - The Ipcress File made music. The band describe the oxymoronic "Unforeseen Prophecy" as "a crossword without any clues". This is what we’re dealing with here. Have a look, go on, we dare you.
——From PBS 106.7FM
评论：lange of sweet and melancholy psychedelic folk "rock" fitting somewhere, loosely, between the charming, lovelorn lyrics of the Reindeer Section and the patchouli phantasm of Jefferson Airplane. At ten tracks, however, the journey falls a bit short, conjuring a mere pink fog instead of some rare odyssey. But given such a spacious muse, wielding weird background noises and lush melodies so fluently, these lads might be gods someday.
2. My Queen, Your Dream
3. Moomer Fus 3
4. A Second World
5. Unforseen Prophecy
6. 4+20 Blackbirds
7. Maybe Another Time
8. Flying Eye
9. Time For A Smile
10. Walking On Home