MORON POLICE - The Stranger And The Hightide

Moron Police - The Stranger And The Hightide

4 songs
14:56 minutes
***** ****
Mighty Jam


I already pointed out two years ago when I reviewed Moron Police’s album A Boat On The Sea that Norway is a currently the major place if you want to discover great progressive rock music, be it retro vintage à la Ring Van Möbius, avantgarde like Shamblemaths or the more accessible kind currently fronted by Meer and Moron Police. Like last time, Moron Police sound happier than you would expect from the genre, especially when you consider that two of their members also play in the much gloomier but just as excellent Major Parkinson.

The bad news first: The Stranger And The Hightide is only a four track EP which makes it to hardly a quarter hour of music. The good news outweigh: a new album with some epic long tracks is planned to be released hopefully next year, and until then you can enjoy these smaller bite-size tracks.

I have to admit that my first impression was lukewarm at best, but you have to give these songs time to develop their flair, like a good bottle of wine that also needs to breathe some air before it is fit to be drunk. The four songs are meant to be listened to in order, which makes sense, as the EP starts with three rather upbeat tracks before ending on a more melancholy note. The opener The Power Of Jesus comes with acoustic guitar that sounds like a banjo, giving the song a certain quite pleasant country touch. What I really like about this song is how the melody evolved over time, adding heart rendering moments and dramatic suspense. The title track has some kind of Dixieland jazz atmosphere, and again comes with unforgettable melodies that make you sing along, if you want to or not. Waiting For Wasteland comes at a brisk 175 BPM and is brimming yet again with Moron Police’s upbeat charm. The EP ends with the ballad Parachutes, a fitting conclusion to a really good EP that is much more than just a filler between longplayers. This is a perfect way to bridge the time until these Norwegians’ progressive pop rockers next album comes out.

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