Anna von Hausswolff – Live at Montreux Jazz Festival (Southern Lord, LP/CD/digital)

An organist releasing a live recording of a concert at one of the world's most important jazz festivals on a metal label is unusual. But Anna von Hausswolff is no ordinary musician, moving back and forth between different music scenes and styles with effortless ease: pompous goth rock meets tension-laden drone music, folkloristic forms are embedded in a thunderous full-band sound. And on top of that, the Swede sings with a voice that could easily drown out any orchestra. No, there is nothing normal about »Live at Montreux Jazz Festival«, much as nothing about von Hausswolff's career as a whole is in any way ordinary. That's what makes this recording from 2018 so overwhelming.