A chat with Molly Nilsson ahead of Luxembourg gig
Swedish born, Berlin based singer Molly Nilsson performs at Rotondes on Thursday August 3, as part of the venue's continuing Congés Annulés programme. Molly took some time to tell wort.lu/en about her latest album and everything she’s working on.
Molly Nilsson is, if anything, a prolific recording artist, she has released seven albums to date and each one marks an evolution in her sound and style which can make her a little hard to pin down but as far as she is concerned it’s the words she writes that define her music. "I guess I would say that it’s pop songs, the main thing about the songs are the lyrics I would say. I mean in some ways, some songs are more like conversations that I’ve had with myself or small poems that I’ve turned in to songs."
"It’s definitely not singer-songwriter in that I don’t play acoustic guitar", she said "the way the songs are written, I’m a recording artist, the music itself is very layered with different melodies and synths. I would say that it’s quite contemporary but a lot of people say that it sounds very 80’s to them."
Along with actually making and recording the music Molly also runs her own record label. For now she only works on her own material but she says she may take on other artists one day as it’s a part of the industry that she enjoys.
"I guess the label has been taking up a lot of time but I sort of enjoy that part of it as well. It’s sort of an extension of the music. Of course writing songs and making music is what I live for but then to bring it out and taking care of all those practical things around it is also very exciting because you see the whole process of it and I secretly like having a business even though I don’t see myself as a business person it’s exciting to see how it all develops."
Her most recent album, Imagination, was released in May but Molly says that she had originally planned to release these songs last year.
"I finished it last year and it was supposed to come out last year but then with a bunch of delays and a bunch of other things happening it didn't come out until this year which is very funny because for me it’s a very 2016 album. The topics touch on a lot of things that were going on around the world and the times of changing. Both on a personal and on a world wide level."
Despite that she sees Imagination as having a natural home among her entire body of work. "I feel like with this album, I’m at the end of it and I’m working on a new album and I think it’s an album that will tie the one that came before together with the one that I’m working on now and so it’s really exciting because I don’t know exactly where it’s taking me yet but I can feel that there’s a shift in how I’m working and how I’m writing songs."
Molly says that she’s not quite ready to debut those new songs but with such an extensive back catalogue behind her this show on Thursday night should be a wonderful introduction to an artist who is not afraid to push boundaries and try new things.
Doors open at 8pm on Thursday and tickets cost €13 available at the entrance, or on the Rotondes website: rotondes.lu
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