Diane Theunissen

21 Mar
Music

On Our Radar: Moli, the Alt-Pop Queen We Were Craving For

Alt-pop rising star Moli knows a thing or two about catching people’s attention: her songs are groovy and glamorous, scattered with youthful tones whilst conveying important messages on contemporary society. With multiple singles and a well-received EP to her credit, the artist has recently returned with “Shapeshifting”, a super addictive tune that makes us want to hit the club and dance until dawn. No wonder she’s on our radar! 

A cosmopolitan soul 

Born in Belgium from British and South African parents, Moli grew up in a multicultural household in which music, arts and culture were always given a significant spot. Whether it was through her violin lessons or the post-punk records her dad would play to her, she quickly immersed herself into songwriting and eventually moved to Berlin to develop her own sound.

Swapping violins for singing and vocals, the artist kicked off her career as a singer-songwriter in 2018 with the release of her very first single, “Didn’t Mean To”. She dropped her debut EP a few months later via Majestic Casual, steadily making a name for herself within the local pop community. Building on her achievements and determination, she successfully unveiled the self-produced “Nowhere” and “Lonely Nights” in 2019, before packing her suitcase and heading to London.

In UK’s capital, she crossed paths with renowned producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Bat for Lashes, etc). It was meant to be: the pair instantly started working together, taking inspiration from each other’s creative endeavors. Their collaboration led to multiple tracks tainted by Moli’s soft spot for 70s French films and 80s glam, with “Something I Said” reaching more than 2 millions streams on Spotify.

Praising authenticity

Moli treasures her femininity, and never misses a chance to share it with others. Combined to her honest sound and a longing for naked truth, the sensual and irresistibly glamorous aesthetics she came up with clearly helps her convey a positive message of acceptation, freedom and pride.

Drawing on her own experiences and pretty much everything she went through, the artist utilizes music as a way to express herself, and get her feelings off her chest. Her music is raw and introspective, yet utterly relatable: without even noticing it, Moli allows every person who’s embracing her sound to fall into her enchanting universe, offering her audience a one-way ticket to her glamorous act.

“Shapeshifting”

Now back to Berlin, the 22-year-old spends her days writing and recording songs that are close to her heart, navigating between alt-pop, disco and electronic music with impeccable ease.

Characterized by funky bass lines, crystal-clear voices and electric guitars dipped in honey, her latest gem “Shapeshifting” serves as an invitation to dance and reflect: with lyrics in both French and English, the track puts the spotlight on the importance of standing by your opinion and inhabiting your authentic self. Clearly, that girl knows how to blend emotional honesty with strong artistic convictions.

Moli’s mini-album Préface comes out 26/03.

Pictures by Celeste Call.

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