MOLTENO’s Sultry Downtempo “Tripping Up” is a Song About Breaking With the Comfortable Momentum of a Self-Destructive Lifestyle

MOLTENO, photo by Laura Viana and Simone Meissl

Daisy Moseley’s video treatment of MOLTENO’s single “Tripping Up” echoes perfectly the sounds, storytelling and emotional atmosphere of the song. It follows the path of a young woman, played by Tind Soneby Wäneland, who engages in risky, even self-destructive behavior wandering through dark clubs with cool colors diffused by a haze of fog like her own mental state from which she seeks a distraction with moments of intense if essentially meaningless and interchangeable experiences rather than facing the core of her unhappiness. The lyrics are a running internal monologue with a chorus of “I keep tripping up, I keep tripping up” like a a mantra of personal failure yet one of an awareness that a change is desired even if it’s hard to break out of one’s cycle and cultivated instincts for bad habits. The line “It’s like I wanted it all to go wrong” is so poignant in reaching the awareness that will eventually arrive of discovering what it is one really wants out of one’s life even if right now it seems all kind of pointless. Life can be like that for so many of us for so long and to be honest, it’s easy to get into that kind of stasis and not recognize it for a pattern of self-neglect and low vibration self-destruction. The song expresses how comfortable it can seem to be stuck and following with the familiar and tell yourself it’s what you want to the point that it has its own momentum in your psyche. The lyrics “I don’t want to stop, I don’t want to stop” echo that seeming inability to veer off ingrained habits of lifestyle when you don’t feel like you have an incentive to change. Fans of Sneaker Pimps and of the vocals of Kelli Ali will find a lot to like with MOLTENO generally but “Tripping Up” in particular. Although the production with this song is well in the realm of the modern with touches of trap, its lush atmospherics and vibrant emotionalism is pure downtempo. Watch the video for “Tripping Up” on YouTube and connect with MOLTENO at the links below.

Author: simianthinker

Editor, primary content provider for this blog. Former contributor to Westword and The Onion.

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