Thursday, May 18, 2017

Molly Warburton - Hallucinate

Hannah Reid, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Natalie Merchant, and a handful of other prolific female artists come to mind when I hear Molly Warburton sing but more than that, I hear passion. I hear a sense of self that not many artists have developed at this early stage in their career. I hear a maturity that belies her age. Her voice has a resonance and a clarity that just sits easily with you. There's a breadth and a width to her vocal expression that you don't hear very much at all in music and it's refreshing. This Carnforth singer hasn't made a huge impact in the United States yet and it's a shame. I think there's a place for her and we are ready for a new voice. If you listen to her acoustically versus songs that have production to them, there's not much difference in her voice. It's not been cleaned up of digitally altered and that's a damn good thing. There's a long line of powerful female vocalists that Molly easily steps into and holds her own with.

When she starts singing in "Hallucinate" her voice immediately fills up all the space in the room. It's ethereal and it's atmospheric. Her choices of how she breathes into the lyrics and brings them to life are brilliant. She knows how to properly use her gift and she throws herself into this song and it pulls you in with her. The chorus is powerful and washes over you and takes you to where she needs you to go. I get a lot from the song. I get the feeling of euphoria that comes from self reliance. I feel empowered by knowing that I will get through all of this on my own. I feel connected and more whole because I have people that are in my life and that adds to the overall feeling of power and resilience. But as the journey comes to an end, I feel like I've been through some things with Molly. I've experienced something a bit larger than myself. The way the song is structured it has a clear beginning, a middle, and an end and when I'm left with silence; it's ok. I've come to a point where things are clear the purpose of the song has been fulfilled.

I've listened to several of her other tracks on the web and she's brilliant. I can't wait to hear more from her as she continues to grow and become an even better artist than she already is.

Molly on the Web
Instagram: @mollywarburton2

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