One day, in the 25th year of the Motorpsychodelic Union, the forces of D/Numbness were finally vanquished. Once again the intergalactic Four Norsemen of the Rock Avant could fly their veg zeppelin unchallenged across the solar plains, their mission complete and the righteous deed done! For still they held sway, and on this day at least — somewhere Behind the Sun — they were triumphant! For their previous album Still Life with Eggplant (RCD 2143CD/RLP 3143LP) they assembled some 20 songs of what Bent SÃ¦ther called “other music,” simply songs from the last three years that didn’t suit the operatic Unicorn behemot, but refused to be ignored. For most of the recording sessions the core trio was augmented 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 StÃ¥le StorlÃ¸kken’s Elephant9 had made the pairing seem like a potentially interesting one for Motorpsycho as well. So well, in fact, that he tagged along for most live shows as well as the recording of the new magnum opus Behind the Sun. With nine tracks clocking in at just over an hour, the album also brings the “Hell, Part 1-3” from Still Life with Eggplant to a conclusion on “Hell, Part 4-6” and the closing track “Hell, Part 7.” And as with Still Life with Eggplant, the recording was done in Brygga Studio in their hometown of Trondheim where they had recorded a few of their first albums 20 years ago. Guests this time, in addition to Reine Fiske, is Ole Henrik Moe on viola and saw and Kari RÃ¸nnekleiv on violin, both known from their Norwegian Grammy-winning album Ciaccona/3 Persephone Perceptions from 2007. It’s safe to say that after 25 years, Motorpsycho has cemented their position as an institution in Norwegian music — no rock band has even been close to achieving the same status when it comes to long-term quality, credibility, integrity and respect. It’s also extremely rare to see bands and artists continue to flourish artistically after such a long time. In fact, we can’t think of any.