Turpsycore is a 2015 album by Scottish musician Momus. It was released on March 3, 2015 by independent record label American Patchwork on CD and distributed by Darla Records.

Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 3, 2015
LabelAmerican Patchwork (AMPATCH016)
Momus chronology


Turpsycore is a triple album dedicated to music's "so-called 'eccentrics'." Two out of three of discs are cover versions of David Bowie and Magazine/the Buzzcocks' Howard Devoto.[3][4] The song "Ultra-Loyal Sheepdog" began as a Tumblr post in March 2014 when the musician wrote a biography on one of the characters in Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's "Mottai Night Land" video.[2]

The title is a deliberate misspelling of Terpsichore, the muse for joy and dance in Greek mythology.[2][5][6] Likewise, the name is a nod to turpentine and turpitude.[7] Also relating to Greek mythology, Momus is the god of mockery and blame.[5]

The color palette is a reference to Greece's polychrome technique.[7] His later album Glyptothek was published in the same year.[5] Songs from Turpsycore and from other 2000s albums Bambi, Bibliotek, and Glyptothek were recollected in the Cherry Red Records anthology Public Intellectual.[8]


The content of the first disc was originally published by Sony Music Japan.[9] The second and third discs of Turpsycore were recorded at the "cabaret concerts" in London's Cafe Oto on September 2014.[7] The cover is designed by Hagen Verleger.[9][6] It was nominated by the German Design Council for the German Design Award.[6]


Bristol's Cube Microplex staff called Turpsycore "a triple disc spectacular."[3] The Japan Times's Devon Fisher commented "[Momus] pays proper tribute to the artists — some famous, some less so — who, like him in his Shibuya-kei days, brought a more literate, worldly and bizarre perspective to the realm of popular culture, refusing to stagnate or get 'over-familiar and over-sold.'"[2] Zitty's Thorsten Glotzmann said it was "thoroughly enigmatic and bizarre - overloaded with literary, film-historical and pop-cultural references."[5]

Heathen Harvest staff reviewed it favorably stating "A good Momus album plus a two bonus discs of off-kilter covers of David Bowie and Howard Devoto songs. What’s not to like about it?"[10] PopMatters's Dave Heaton remarked the album was "a truly eccentric three-disc set."[11] CDM's Peter Kirn called the Bowie disc "unsurprising" but the Devoto covers "were just what I (didn’t know I) needed – a set of songs tackling sexual ambiguity and anxiety from a singer who was born to play the part."[4]

Track listing

2."System of Usher"3:28
3."The Dowser"3:02
4."The Boy Camille"3:23
5."The Hiker"3:00
7."The Brutalist"2:57
8."Ultra-Loyal Sheepdog"2:54
9."The Spider"2:39
10."The Painter"3:02
11."Catholic App"4:06
15."The Driver"3:59
16."The Hate Horse"2:20
17."Foxy Little Otter"2:12
1."The Bewlay Brothers"5:18
2."Joe the Lion"3:30
3."Be My Wife"3:04
4."African Night Flight"2:46
5."Sweet Thing"6:23
8."Lady Grinning Soul"3:57
9."Love Is Lost"3:35
10."Ashes to Ashes"4:29
12."Conversation Piece"3:45
13."The Drowned Girl"2:27
14."Letter to Hermione"3:33
15."Uncle Arthur"2:11
16."Where Are We Now?"4:23
17."Absolute Beginners"4:51
18."Life on Mars"3:53
2."Cut-Out Shapes"4:34
3."Because You're Frightened"3:57
4."Upside Down"3:56
5."Back to Nature"6:36
6."Lady 21"3:33
8."Rainy Season"4:57
11."You Never Knew Me"5:21
12."Friends of Mine"3:22
14."Of Course Howard"4:47
15."Smoking Mirror"3:48


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  3. Cube Microplex staff (18 April 2015). "Cube: Momus". Cube Microplex. cubecinema.com. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. Kirn, Peter (4 January 2016). "Here's the best 2015 music we'll have on repeat in 2016". CDM. GmbH. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. Glotzmann, Thorsten (4 April 2015). "Momus, the eternal mocker". Zitty (in German). GCM Go City Media GmbH. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  6. Musicworks staff (21 January 2016). "MW Questionnaire: NICK CURRIE". Musicworks. Musicworks Society of Ontario. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  7. Verleger, Hagen (12 July 2015). "Momus: Turpsycore on Behance". Behance. Adobe Systems. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  8. Cherry Red Records staff. "Pubic Intellectual: An Anthology 1986-2016 Cherry Red Records". Cherry Red Records. cherryred.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  9. Memories of Shibuya staff (7 January 2015). "Momus's Turpsycore packaging revealed". Memories of Shibuya. WordPress. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  10. Heathen Harvest staff (31 December 2015). "Heathen Harvest's Best of 2015: Artist's Edition". Heathen Harvest. heathenharvest.org. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  11. Heaton, Dave (1 December 2015). "The Best Indie Pop of 2015". PopMatters. Sarah Zupko. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
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