Molina’s Ethereal, Windswept, Live Video for “Venus” Highlights the Song’s Otherworldly Beauty

Molina, photo by Sarah Liisborg

Molina recently released the Vanilla Shell EP and the live version of the single “Venus” as captured in the video on YouTube showcases the band in a room draped in white, enshrouded in a light fog as Molina seems to move about this fantastical world in miniature down to the drummer set up in front of a clam shell backdrop as perhaps a nod to Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.” The fabrics flowing in the wind fits a song in which all the elements seem to be operating to uplift the ethereal melody, Molina’s vocals reminiscent of a cross between Nico and Miki Berenyi of Lush. The guitar is as textural as it is tonal, serving as the connective tissue of the body of the song grounded in bass and percussion and the grand sweep of bright, hazy harmonics. Fans of Tamaryn and the aforementioned Lush or any of that entrancing 4AD dream pop will find a good deal to like with this presentation of the song and Molina’s output generally. Watch the video on YouTube below and follow Molina at the links provided.

Molina’s New Synth Pop Single “Parásito” Navigates a Compelling Path Between Heaviness and Ecstacy

Molina, photo courtesy the artist

Dutch pop songwriter Molina’s first Spanish language track “Parásito” uses the metaphor of a parasite for the type of love so consuming and, frankly, co-dependent that it is not unlike the consuming relationship between a parasite and its host, unable to live without the other and either or seeking to be perpetually connected for its nourishment. The cadence of Spanish lends itself well to the unconventional structure and rhythms of the song as well as its dramatic emotional and tonal flourishes. The guitar against the more menacing synth passages gives the song an airiness and a heft in equal measure at times reminiscent of Grimes or Zola Jesus and the ability of both artists to make experimental music that comes across as pop unless you break down what’s going on. In that way, Molina here is able to inject ideas into the song that expand your own expectations for what an accessible song might sound like. Listen to “Parásito” on Soundcloud and follow Molina at the links provided.