‘Sonder’ was released on October 2nd, 2013 with a release show at the Minardschouwburg in Ghent.
Every great passion ends in the infinite… Likewise, MOTEK are driven by instinct for sultry recollections of forgotten emotional states. Chaos, coincidence and stubbornness: Motek’s endless jam sessions result in combinations of melodies, rhythms and creative flaws. Recording and relistening them, MOTEK are able to reconstruct a few ‘holy’ moments into their songs. Their sound is crafted by effect-laden guitars wandering around needy bass and entrancing drums. On stage, MOTEK combine their music with images, imagery, and imagination. They are well-known for their particular approach to live concerts, interweaving songs and visuals into a vigorous performance.
Like Enola.be and nbhap mentioned before, ‘MOTEK is back’. Going back to their post rocking roots was their starting point, thus ‘Sonder’ contains six tracks of beautiful and intense post rock like you are used to from their earlier work.
Sonder means ‘the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own – populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness – an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.’ – source
You’re awake. Walking through the door. Everybody is ecstatic. Lights are shimmering off of the glimmering faces. Each one unknown. Each visage, new. Among it all, you feel a sense of connection. From where and why? You feel it’s not meant to be understood as it is simply innate. Within each smile is a presence of you. Of us all. A visage like a mirror. Inspiration, unknown and unbeknownst. Vicariously, you can see the world as whole. Together and always new. And you move on, as who? This is the impact of MOTEK’s new release, Sonder.
There is something to be said about the genre of “post-rock,” as it’s become known, but more importantly, instrumental music as a whole. MOTEK simply lays down this truth in an exemplary fashion. These guys hail from the country of Belgium and have grown up with what seems to be a very inquisitively relaxed state of mind. One where the world around them only needs to be taken as seriously as it must. One where appreciation is abundant. One where people are more interested in understanding each other than judging their first impression. Sonder makes that human connection. A constructive strength that makes the world feel like an exhilaratingly beautiful place to live. In times like 2013, it’s easy to be lost in the chaos that is abound. This record finds a way to control all of that and make you feel at peace. You’re at home. Interconnection is not a struggle but an everyday occurrence.
Sonder is simply miraculous in it’s undertaking. You will listen to this album and imagine many intricately thoughtful nights to create such an album when in reality it took these individuals two nights to carve out the majority of this sculpture. As a band, they found a wavelength and let pure, innate, and unorchestrated emotion take hold. Simply put, they let it pour out; as human beings who were built to expel this great music on the world.
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