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.—From the sold out cassette release.
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.