MOLLY NILSSON: 'The Travels', CASSETTE LTD 100 (Dark Skies Association/Night School)
by Molly Nilsson
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Twisting around the compartments of the listener's mind in ever-revolving perpetuity, the eternal evidenced in Ferric tape, Molly Nilsson's "The Travels" arrives in glorious cassette manifestation.
Featuring exclusive artwork calibrated to induce an internal locked-groove, each life-affirming, hypnotic moment on "The Travels" is able to be played back forever, winding around the space between receiver and conceiver, both agents mutually embraced in a passionate struggle bereft of malignity. Dear Life, you felt so close.
Journeys offer change - the possibility of renewal - and accordingly on The Travels Molly Nilsson’s resonant voice is found curling around a new sense of optimism and wide-eyed discovery that was only alluded to in her previous work. Songs like “Dear Life” might be spiked with a barbed sense of the dejected, but the presiding feeling is one of optimism, of being in love with life despite a shield of cynicism. “Dirty Fingers” brings a melancholy recognisable from previous work but with an incessant beat and ecstatic underpinning it becomes apparent that a new force is at play here. In case the listener missed it, “The Power Ballad” brings an endearing, sincerity to proceedings that also offers a tantalising question: can you be sceptical about love but still be bewitched?
On her 5th long-player, Nilsson’s perspective is challenged and manipulated by changes in environment and psychological space: like any other traveller the protagonist brings their own set of values and emotional states and new places, colouring them with a wash of subjectivity. Like any other traveller Molly Nilsson reacts to her environment and shares her unique version of it to other people.