Hedvig Mollestad and the Hedvig Mollstad Trio may be on the cusp of their sixth album in seven years, but up until a couple months ago, I hadn’t heard of the Norwegian guitarist and her band. Somewhere in the crowded Venn Diagram linking doom, jazz, Touch & Go skronk and two more of the very few variants of rock worth listening to – that’d be “classic” and “noise” – lies the Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Those lucky enough to have been exposed to any of the band’s previous five albums have picked through their thesauruses and saddled them with the descriptor of “Jazz Sabbath.”
Today, we offer you the opportunity to hear for yourself and either agree, disagree or generate your own equally disparate description as we present a track from their latest recording, Smells Funny set for release in a fortnight’s time on the Rune Grammofon label. The track is entitled “Bewitched, Dwarfed and Defeathered” and, when asked, here’s what the band had to say about it: “We wanted ‘Bewitched, Dwarfed and Defeathered’ to be holy terror. The result was Melvins meets Terje Rypdal meets an instrumental Megadeth on acid.” Which is a description we can definitely get behind!
Photo by: Julia Marie Naglestad