056: MØL

I am not sure I have ever fallen in love with a band as hard and as fast as I did when I first heard Møl. Their 2018 album, ‘Jord’, very effortlessly became one of my favourite albums of the last few years. In fact, I’m listening to it as a type, and it’s been a little bit since I properly listened to it – I find myself continually pausing to admire just how fucking amazing it is.

Møl are a blackgaze/post-black band who combine beauty and harshness flawlessly. The guitars are often bright and melodic, betraying what next, which is a hallmark of blackgaze. But few are able to compose such beautiful and uplifting melodies the way Møl do.

Then, just as you are in awe of these impressive, creative textures, the drums erupt and vocalist Kim Song Sternkopf steps into the spotlight with the most blistering, frenzied, and utterly fucking relentless vocal delivery you’ve ever heard.

The interplay between light and dark at the centre of Møl’s sound, that sense of contrast, is presented with such beauty, track after track. It’s a common concept in modern blackgaze, but I honestly don’t think any other band even comes close to the stark yet warm sound of Møl.

While the love affair started suddenly, after two years I feel like I can confidently say Møl are one of my favourite bands. They are in a league of their own when it comes to what they do, and I am so excited to see what they do next.