Molly Green - Naked EP
Rising neo-soul star Molly Green returns with a lockdown self-recorded and produced EP that showcases her raw talent. The combination of a single electric guitar and her soothing voice, Naked is a four-track marvel that is a stark contrast to the time that it was produced and released in.
The first track, the fan favourite Just A Girl, explores the feelings behind break ups and moving on. “I wrote it when I was 16, feeling positive about the past and looking forward to a new adventure” Molly explains the jazz infused track, with a sense of innocence within the lyrics, the kind that could get you through a rainy day “Narrating the phases of a break-up, initially struggling to let go of the past, through to realising that some things are just not meant to be and life has new things to offer now.”
It is followed by a surprising cover of hip-hop group Brockhampton’s SUGAR, which is an unexpected turn considering the original sound of the track but Molly perfectly re-works this into her own neo-soul sound, showing her incredible ability to make any track hers and having it sound, dare I say so, on par with the original. “With just guitar and vocals, there is an intimate quality of it, with a focus on the soft, warn vocal”.
I’m Ready Now is a must more recent and sassier side of Molly that we get to explore within the EP, a contrast of what the previous two tracks sound like. She wrote this in the lead up to a support slot with Joy Crookes, which ended up being a huge and last gig just before lockdown, as she wanted a song that was written specifically for this one gig. “It made sense to write about that feeling; about 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!” Molly relieves the process behind the euphoric track.
The already strong EP ends with an acoustic version of Molly’s latest single Dusky Haze. “Dusky Haze is about that dreamy feeling you have when you’re falling for someone, coinciding with the atmosphere created by the first leaves of autumn falling.” This is prevalent with the beautiful melodies and lyrics at the heart of the track, meaning that the acoustic version is just as powerful as its original counterpart.
Molly Green has gone strength to strength, with impressive sold-out headline gigs and festival slots at some of the most attended festivals in the country, the EP is a wonderful indicator of how far Molly will go with her individual sound and honest lyrics.