MORON POLICE Reveal First Details on Next Album, New EP “The Stranger and the Hightide” Out Now

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After all the waves generated with their album-of-the-year nominated record, “A Boat on the Sea,” in 2019. Moron Police are back in action with their new EP – “The Stranger and the Hightide. A side-quest of sorts, letting the band experiment with different sounds, and build a bridge between their last record and their next one to come; a sprawling concept album tentatively called “Pachinko.”

The EP has just been released in all its tumbleweed blowing glory. Over the course of four adventurous tracks, the band explores new sonic territory as they build a bridge between their last record and their next one to come.

Front-man of the band, Sondre Skollevoll, explains: “I had these songs lying around and they seemed to fit together, so an EP seemed like a nice thing to do. They sound too different to feature on one of our main albums, but they still deserve a home! It should be listened to in one go, as far as I’m concerned, as it’s got one of those patented book open/close thing that many prog fans seem to like (me too!). It will also connect with our next album lyrically, if not sonically. The EP is not indicative of what the new main album will sound like.”

With the release of “The Stranger and the Hightide, Moron Police slowly build towards their next album, tentatively called “Pachinko”.  It will be a sprawling concept album that connects “The Soul Train of the Damned” from 2014’s “Defender of the Small Yard” to the newly released EP and beyond.

According to the band: “Things are not set in stone, as far as “Pachinko” is concerned. But we can divulge that there will be at least TWO 10-minute epics included, a weird concept story, a heavier sound, a softer sound, a more technical sound—generally speaking, it will be one heck of a ride. It will be the most ambitious thing we’ve ever done or attempted, and if we fail, we intend to fail gloriously. We hope you’ll be along for the ride!”

“The Stranger and the Hightide” EP Artwork

The band had this to say about the new EP: “The new EP is very different from A Boat on the Sea. Very different, but very cool. It’s a sidequest of sorts, abandoning the oceanic depths for tumbleweed and dust—favoring a more simplistic approach to its instruments and compositions. The truth of the matter is; we have far too many songs flying about, and many of them sound too radically different to feature on one of our main albums. But they still deserve a home, so they will be released as EPs. There will be many more EPs in the future, but this particular one has a connection to our next main album—a connection we will not divulge here! The Stranger and the Hightide has a western rock-feel. Twangy guitars, Hammond Organ, vintage tape machines, and a decidedly more “live” sound to it. It was mixed by returning cowboy Mike Watts and mastered by Karl Klaseie, Øra Mastering. The artwork was done by Thomas Falla Eriksen, evoking the style of the French surrealist Moebius, and the aesthetics of French graphic novels from the 1970s.”

Band Members:

  • Sondre Skollevoll / Vocals, guitars, additional keyboards
  • Lars Bjørknes / Keyboards, grand piano, Hammond organ
  • Thore Omland Pettersen / Drums
  • Christian Fredrik Steen / Bass

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