Boomkat Product Review:
Compiling all 4 albums in a new series from Roy Montgomery, the legendary New Zeland guitarist that has previously been reissued by and collaborated with Grouper. If you're looking for the missing link between Grouper and Cocteau Twins, this will blow your mind...
Montgomery 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 contains four albums conceived and recorded over a very short period, each of them carrying a distinct focus and mood. Q Transient Global sounds like an instrumental take on Cocteau Twins at their most transcendant, all chorus-delayed guitars and spine-tingling key changes, while R Tropic Of Anodyne is a more introspective affair, complete with that morose vocal delivery and sombre mood. M Darkmotif Dancehall is the most gnarly of the four albums, echoes of Loveless reverberate, those shimmering chords still just about making it through the thicket of distortion.
An incredible set.