Molly Green – ‘Naked’ | EP Review

Molly Green release debut EP ‘Naked’

Time has been a funny thing these past few months, where, in retrospect, a lot of it has passed since our world turned on its head, but this also seems to have happened in the blink of an eye. However, there’s no doubt that in this time, a multitude of musical greatness was born, July, for instance, offering us Molly Green’s self-recorded and self-produced EP, ‘Naked’.

Beautifully encapsulating her sheer talent, the collection’s title also perfectly captures Molly’s approach to production, each track incredibly minimal, purely based around one single guitar and foregrounded vocals.

‘Just A Girl’ opens the EP with pristine, retro vocals, bringing a real feel of jazz as the stages of a breakup are detailed. We see a potentially innocent take, the track written when Molly was just sixteen, but the account does still ring relevant, moving from ‘trying to find a way to make you love me’, to an end which offers acceptance, well-wishing and moving on as she is ‘starting a new chapter of life’ and ‘letting go of yesterday’

This is countered by the third, and potentially most jazz-inspired track, ‘I’m Ready Now’. With the addition of stunning falsetto, the track centres on ‘how you can go from feeling like nothing’s happening and you can’t do it, to feeling like everything’s happening and you’re ready to take on the world!’, demonstrated in a lyrical journey from ‘searching for someone that would hear what I say’, to ‘feeling full of hunger’, and ‘like I’ve got this’.

But, ‘SUGAR’, a surprising BROCKHAMPTON cover can’t go amiss. You’d be forgiven for maybe not expecting this hip-hop crossover to work so well, but Molly has reworked the track brilliantly with a dose of soul and faster paced vocals bringing an incredible level of sass to proceedings, complemented by pleasant guitar to create real intimacy. 

Closing the EP is an acoustic version of single, ‘Dusky Haze’. Released back in March, the stripped approach helps further centre the depiction of the first feeling of falling for someone, this coinciding with the start of Autumn time in the track. The removal of the highly detailed production gives a greater representation of both the vulnerability that is described, for instance in, ‘I can’t admit that I’m falling for you’, but also the openness that ‘Naked’ exudes as a whole.

It’s clear Molly Green is one to watch, her talent extremely palpable in this self-made release. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store!

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