MOLTENO expertly uses electronic finger snaps, echoing percussion and swell of synth alongside her contemplative vocals to manifest the image of cycles on her single “Waves.” She sings of dropping a tone into the water and observing the inevitable waves that ripple as a result as a metaphor for the way our actions in life have inevitable and predictable consequences though we can’t always clearly see what those might be and sometimes we have to wait patiently to see how things ultimately pan out. The song captures this endless cycle of cause and effect and how it can be hypnotic and seductive to think by observing consequences that we can somehow predict the future and alter its course. Except in the luminous yet resigned tones of the song one detects an acceptance of the fact that even knowing the likely outcomes of actions conveys the illusion of control because as a mortal being you can only be aware of so much. Listen to “Waves” on Soundcloud and connect with MOLTENO at the links below.
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.
The Night Water Mix done by Hello Meteor on MOLTENO’s “Dakota” is so immersive you feel like you’ve walked directly into a dream. The low end gently guides you along like you’re floating through MOLTENO’s narrative about the folly of humanity, or at least corporations and capital generally, in thinking it can control and own any natural resource or land in a larger sense. “Dakota” is an obvious reference to the pipeline and how it was built through native land as if it would have no consequences to the world around or the people who live there. The same mentality applies to so much of how our Western civilization conceives of the natural world and each other. In this song MOLTENO more than suggests the foolishness of the mindset that thinks disasters, natural or otherwise, can be dealt with through a simple transactional process with human currency. Hello Meteor enhanced the lush atmospherics of the original, gave the vocals a more soulful flavor and bathed the track in fluid low end for an entrancing version of the song that sticks with you. Listen to the remix on Spotify and follow MOLTENO at any of the links provided.