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ROY MONTGOMERY

Q: TRANSIENT GLOBAL AMNESIA

GRAPEFRUIT


Format: LP
Cata No: GY6-6
Barcode: 600197676615
It’s been over a decade since Roy Montgomery’s last album,
and R M H Q is a hell of a return. Q: Transient Global Amnesia
concentrates on hope and despair, sinking singular guitar
lines into dark passages. It dissects the personal politics of
sadness, reveling in the honesty of depression while seeking to
fully explore its facets. Compositions trade between heartworn
declines and spirited rises, collapsing upon themselves in unmoored
confusion before achieving signs of relief. It culminates
with the twenty-minute transfigurative finale “Weathering Mortality,”
where all previous questions intersect toward an uneasy,
churning acceptance.
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 cross-legged
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. Otherness
2. Riding
3. Last Alarm (For Brad Fletcher)
4. Unshore
5. Weathering Mortality

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