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Supersilent’s Ståle Storløkken and young gun drummer Ole Mofjell join leading Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad in her new trio for a sharp but expansive improv session of jazz-rock fusion hailing Henry Cow, Mahavishnu Orchestra, 73-74 period King Crimson, Squarepusher
Re-energised by the mix of Ståle’s veteran prowess and the driving moxie of Mofjell, Hedvig gives it some proper Fripp and McLaughlin chops across ‘Weejuns’ to get your moccasins tapping to their polymeter. The all Norwegian trio recorded the six tracks across the country between the Munch Museum, and Blå, in Oslo and Stavanger’s Spor5 studio, each capturing a spellbinding sense of space and shapeshifting vibe prone to start one place but end up somewhere quite different.
Opener ‘Go at Your Peril’ sets the tone with languid shimmer of her guitar buoyed by Storlokken’s bed of organ, and punctuated by crisp rimshots and slippery brushwork on their 11 min transition from noirish knife-edge to looser, psyched blooziness, starkly contrasting with their delve into more tumultuous rhythms and cosmic scaping recalling Gruppo cuts in ‘Come Monday’. From here they really get into it on a trio of longer form jams, heavily impressing with their spiral from near Squarepusher-like percussive precisio, via spangled keyboard spectres, to Henry Cow like dervish in ‘Hug That Tree!’, to a far-out excursion in space rock jazz on ‘I’ll give you Twenty-one’, and the rolling threat of ‘Star at your Peril’, featuring Mollestad’s electric lead on fire. ‘Pity The City’ starts as a fine come-down but comes to expend their collective energies in a soaringly emotive, but smartly tempered final half.