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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Molesome - Be My Baby Tonight

Whenever Mattias Olsson does something very challenging at Roth Handle Studios whether it is producing or performing with various bands including Anglagard, In These Murky Waters, Weserbergland, Pixie Ninja, or Molesome to name a few, you may never know what to expect inside his studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Now for me, Molesome was one of those challenges I had discovered two years ago.

Their music took me a while whether I was going to accept it or not with their 2018 release, Dial back in May of that year on my blog site, Music from the Other Side of the Room. And as I’ve mentioned earlier in my review, Dial was a very interesting release that year. Now in 2020, Mattias has opened up another door for Molesome’s challenge with their latest follow-up that was released last year entitled, Be My Baby Tonight.

Mastered by White Willow’s Jacob Holm-Lupo and featuring this ‘60s-sque album cover done by graphic designer and illustrator Henning Lindahl, Be My Baby Tonight has some more of those unexpected challenges that Olsson and some of the band members that appear on this album, lend Mattias a helping hand. And when I was listening to the album, it was like walking through this crazy-like maze that Olsson himself has created for me.

Listening to both sides 1 & 2, its quite an oddball mixture is thrown in to create these sounds from lounge music, trip-hop, BBC Radiophonic workshop, sounds from the turntable, folk, classical, and string sections. What Molesome is doing between those different sides of the LP is to come along with their surreal and twisted journey that will keep you guessing until the very end.

And it is like you are in on the joke, and the joke is completely on you from beginning to end. So is Molesome doing a nod to The Residents? Faust’s The Faust Tapes, Or something straight out of Andy Votel’s Finders Keepers’ label? If you answered all of the above, you are right on the money with that. So be prepared to be a part of Molesome’s new release, Be My Baby Tonight.