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- Solo Paraiso - The Summer Songs EP by Molly Nilsson
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Don't know much about Swedish born/Berlin based synth pop singer songwriter Molly Nilsson but I consider Night School to be trusted source of under the radar/publicity shy artists so it comes as no surprise when I fire up 'Solo Paraiso - The Summer Songs EP' and find it chocker with hidden lo-fi pop gems and blissfully nostalgic jams harking back to the lost pop reggae of the early 80's. Think Cyndi Lauper, Tom Tom Club, Madonna, Sade etc in contemplative mode. This summery feel to the arrangements is juxtaposed with an impressively earthy, deep vocal delivery that gives these jams a unique feel I don't think I've come across before.
This batch of songs were conceived during a two month stay in Buenos Aires as part of a residency program (lucky for some) which goes some way to explaining the blurrzed out tropical pop blend that dominates the vibe here. Beat up drum machines, a plethora of forgotten and unwanted synths and the rhythmic hop of a budget piano make up the fundamental palette used to harness this nostalgic blend but it's Nilsson's vocal delivery and adept songwriting coupled with the budget recording style that raises these jams above the usual 80's nostalgia pop fare. I'd put Nilsson up there with much coveted outsider artists such as John Maus (who incidentally covered 'Hey Moon' on 'We Must Become Pitiless Sensors Of Ourselves'), Ariel Pink and Alice Cohen. There's a missing link I can't quite put my finger on but whatever, it'll give you something to do when you have a listen yourself. Heartily recommended.
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