REVIEW: Enchanting, dark synth-pop from multi-talented Molly

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Molly Nilsson and Moonbow, The Green Door Store, Brighton, June 10

The evening’s opening artist was Oxford-born Eleanor Hardwick, aka Moonbow. Eleanor now resides in London but met her guest guitarist Alice Go, in our good city of Brighton.

Alice is an artist in her own right called Twin//Venus and she’s also one-third of the rock combo Dream Wife.

Tonight, Moonbow performed an all-too-short set with an awesome Roland Gaia digital synth. Her tunes are best described as ethereal soundtracks meet trippy pop.

Not only is Eleanor a budding musical artist, having started Moonbow in 2013, but she is also a highly talented photographer. On her website she describes herself as a ‘multidisciplinary artist working predominantly with cameras and synthesizers’, which is spot on. Check out her work at www.eleanorhardwick.com.

31-year-old Molly Nilsson was born in Stockholm but has been based in Berlin for the past 12 years. She’s quite a talent.

Having founded her own record label Dark Skies Association, she’s also a singer, songwriter, producer and keyboard player.

The girl travels light though – a microphone and laptop simply does the job.

It’s not often I get to see a PA gig but I have to say that I enjoyed Molly’s set.

She warms the audience up by talking to them between songs but I think she just loves a good chat. Before the gig she was sitting outside with the audience having a drink.

Her singing voice is quite distinctive in a gravelly Marianne Faithfull kind of way. But don’t get me wrong, she has an enchanting, dark synth-pop sound that you should really check out.

Tonight, Molly performed songs from her expanding repertoire, including several from her current, excellent Zenith album, including ‘Titanic’, ‘1995’ and my favourite track ‘Happyness’.

It’s fair to say that the crowd really enjoyed Molly’s concert. After the gig I went to purchase the Zenith album, only to discover that they’d all been sold.

How annoying!

To find out more about Molly Nilsson visit www.darkskiesassociation.org and for more about Moonbow visit www.cargocollective.com/moonbow.

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