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ROY MONTGOMERY

R: TROPIC OF ANODYNE

GRAPEFRUIT


Format: LP
Cata No: GY6-3
Barcode: 600197676318
It’s been over a decade since Roy Montgomery’s last album,
and R M H Q is a hell of a return. R: Tropic of Anodyne
highlights Montgomery’s baritone lamentations on
every track. It sets the blueprint for all of R M H Q while
displaying Montgomery’s talent for brevity. His self-reflective
lyrics remain personal, even answering the Rolling
Stones’ classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
with the sobering “You Always Get What You Deserve.”
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. Tropic Of Anodyne
2. Dear Future Loser
3. You Always Get What You Deserve
4. I Was A Distant Star
5. Seven Faded Dreams
6. If And Only If
7. Hanging Melody
8. As The Sun Sets

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