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Scorch Trio: Luggumt

As you would expect from the name, Scorch Trio is on fire for much of the six-song Luggumt (Rune Grammofon). Featuring Finnish guitarist Raoul Bjorken-heim and the Norwegian rhythm section of bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, the trio is all about energy and freedom.

“Kjole Hole” and “Furskunjt” splatter at 100 miles per hour, with Bjorkenheim playing like a combo of Jimi Hendrix at his most psychedelic and John McLaughlin on Love Devotion Surrender. But the group slows down on “Synnja Vegga,” which is ambient sound-sculpting, and on “Brennj Fynnj” and “Snakje Rojnd Navinj,” which are meandering, mostly quiet free pieces, with the guys playing little phrases and answering, echoing or complementing each other.

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