Category: 2018

Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Smells Funny (2018)

“When a power trio can share the stage comfortably with the likes of John McLaughlin and Black Sabbath, you know two things: They rock hard, yet provide enough harmonic content and improvisational daring to make it interesting. Norway’s Hedvig Mollestad Trio does precisely that on its sixth album. Recorded live in the studio, Smells Funny is a metal-jazz excursion that often tips into the Sonny Sharrock zone, fueled by Ellen Brekken’s rumbling bass, Ivar Loe Bjørnstad’s insistent pulse and Mollestad’s hellacious chops and fertile imagination… When Frank Zappa famously said, “Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny,” he was referring to a moldering of the music. The Hedvig Mollestad Trio aims at providing an antidote with this audacious outing.”

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Psilocibina – Psilocibina (2018)

“The debut release of Brazilian trio Psilocibina captivates the audience. This is more than interesting stuff for friends of the “good old school” of 70s Rock, as well as for connoisseurs of experimental sounds. The band skilfully fuses urban sound structures with sounds of the South American vibes, seemingly with the slightest lightness and you’ll never miss the pure joy of music. These musicians know exactly what they are doing, as the balance between playful melodies and omission is ingenious. No wonder it’s hardly noticeable that Psilocibina function completely without singing.”

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Kanaan – Windborne (2018)

“Oslo based trio Kanaan quickly established themselves as one of the most important groups in the youngest generation of psychedelic impro-rockers. As accomplished players – all three educated in jazz – they marry fiery energy with musical intricacy, and possess a rare ability to balance power and delicateness. They devote as much energy to exploring airiness and atmosphere as they do to intensity.”

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