Hats of to Motorpsycho for trying something entirely different with each new album. After ending their heavy rock period with the superb 'Trust Us', they didn't try to cash in on its success but instead teamed up with a whole orchestra of violins and horns to bring us an album filled with jazzy psych pop that fans of Syd Barrett and Nick Drake shouldn't miss. Apart from the 60's inspired songwriting and lust arrangements, also the cleaner vocals are noteworthy, featuring more contributions from guitarist Hans Magnus Ryan's soft and tender voice. But also Bent Saether holds back his grittier side and indulges voluntarily in Beatles alike harmonies and pleasant melodies.
My Friend the Chocolate Cake have been making stylish, atmospheric pop/rock for over 15 years. The members of this Melbourne, Australia, collective have transcended their goofy name and produced a career that's found them bestowed with numerous awards, coveted festival slots, and fans both at home and abroad. Parade: Best of My Friend the Chocolate Cake is a 19-track retrospective that capably examines the group's blend of lush, string-laden alternative rock and austere chamber pop ballads.