Molly Linen’s craft exists in the same rich world as Laura Fell’s Safe From Me, or Caoilfhionn Rose’s Truly – deep songwriting that immediately warms the soul. The Day Starts, the latest release from her upcoming EP, Days Awake (out through Lost Map on 27th August) is the definition of calmness – gentle, wandering, unbound… and the perfect place to escape a summer heatwave.
These are Molly’s Five Right Now picks:
Aldous Harding – Old Peel
Aldous Harding’s music is inspiring in its creativity. This song makes me feel optimistic; I first heard Old Peel live a couple of years ago, and when I heard the recorded version recently it fed me with a new energy. H.Hawkline’s signature guitar melodies are always a joy to hear! The alternate version of this song is more stripped back, but equally as great.
Marina Allen – Original Goodness
Marina Allen is one of my favourite new songwriters, and this track is a beautiful example of her craft. I find the tone of her voice very peaceful. ‘Sometimes I hear you, but it’s my voice out of my head’ are particularly powerful lyrics for me. I feel quite emotional when listening to this song; the title ‘Original Goodness’ makes me think of genuine ‘goodness’ and how it can be hard to come by.
Otis Jordan – Trolley Park Appointments
Otis is a good friend of mine and I have had the great pleasure of singing on a couple of his songs. Trolley Park Appointments is from his album, Dodger Point, which came out on Them There Records. Otis has a way of playfully collaging together field recordings with synths, percussion and strings. His live performances are not to be missed.
LUMP – Climb Every Wall
I’m a big fan of the music of both Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay (from Tunng), and their collaboration is dreamy. I love the driving bass and wobbly chorus sounds alongside Marling’s voice. The video for this track is good fun – the costumes are excellent! I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of their album, Animal.
The Weather Station – Robber
Tamara Lindeman’s voice is subtly powerful and captivating. I love the elements of jazz in Robber – taken from their new album, Ignorance. The Weather Station are such an incredible band and I really hope to one day see them live. Thirty from their 2017 album is probably one of my favourite songs!
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