"With guitars tuned so low they could salvage ship wrecks from the Arctic Sea, and percussions as soft as the noises of steps through thick snow, Molosser musick the atmosphere of the sparsely populated."
September 25, 2021
Roadie Metal have a piece about Molosser's Back in Black cover.
I dislike returning to a band to review them again. I consider a review the final word on an act. The Style Council are DEAD to me now. But from time to time a friend calls me and tells me about something I must reboot my computer and listen to. Ted Pepper has been on good form recently and he called me while I was leaving visiting a friend in a very difficult situation and sent me a link to this song and I listened to it on the bus back from Grantham. I felt lonely and drained and empty, but this music made me feel centred, and empowered and gave me a little hope. That colours my judgment a little I confess.
A rolling countryside is the perfect accompaniment to this. The dull villages and empty fields sailed past and I was able to detach myself and sink into a soundscape with that powerful melodic voice, detuned blues guitar and restrained power, covering a song I have hated since I was a small child.
The boys that liked AC/DC kicked me at school. I once shouted "wanker" when they postured and raised their fists to shout "Angus" and I timed it a fraction too late and was heard. I remember the flash of light as the boot hit my jaw.
That makes me love this version even more. It transcends the original. Back to now. I ran home to write this. It is pure, direct and clear, and it has layers. So many layers. There is joy in the playing of it and in the listening.
"Swedish duo MOLOSSER has combined the spirit of Americana with haunting Scandinavian aesthetics to bring to life a unique style that is truly all their own on all of their releases, including their latest, Ellesmere Island."
"Entrancing and haunting, “Ellesmere Island” draws you into a melancholy, folk soundscape of a cold, mysterious land."
September 3, 2021
Australian Happy Mag have a great feature about Ellesmere Island andMolosser
"On the surface, the song sounds simple, but if you listen carefully, you’ll quickly discover the intricate interplay of the acoustics is anything but. Tess’s yearning vocals ebb and flow with the guitars, creating a hypnotic effect that feels unique to Molosser."
“Several songs MOLOSSER creates are about water. The song “Dive In” doesn’t specify which body of water but the song immerses you as completely as if you had “Dove In” to a lake. The duo Jahn and Tess compliment each other with a bluesy, diminished guitar piece that’s laid over a “Minstrel Boy”-esque sounding drum. I don’t know how she does it, the voice work is manic, it fits the song perfectly. I swear I heard a 3rd guitar in the middle guitar run. Restrained, yet unbound, further complimenting an already beautifully interwoven guitar break. If the question of “genre” ever comes up, I have heard some call their sound folk. When I think of folk music, I think of starving hobos spieling about how the WPA gave them all a chicken in every pot, or how they don’t care about Jimmy and how he cracks corn (whatever in hell that means.) As one person who has no bearing on anything, I like to call their sound Ambient Doom. The music has an elegance, a class that draws me to it. it makes you feel like you haven’t felt in a long while. Go ahead, feel elegantly doomed.” – Brian
"Some of the interludes and instrumentation on this album are absolutely beautiful and incredibly masterful. Here we have two artists that are experimenting with new sounds and methods – but they are totally at peace with their instruments and in harmony – and they have crafted a quite exquisite world for us to enter into."