Molly Green is set to release her first acoustic EP, Naked, with four tracks recorded and produced by her in lockdown.
Naked is due for release on Thursday 2 July, opening with fan favourite Just A Girl, which will be followed by a video to the track the following week.
Speaking about Just A Girl, Molly Green explains, “Just A Girl is about breaking up and moving on. I wrote it when I was 16, feeling positive about the past and looking forward to a new adventure. 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.”
The jazz and infused track opens the EP perfectly, with sparse instrumentation providing the perfect foil to her stunning soulful vocals.
A reworking of Brockhampton’s Sugar follows, again stripped back and offering a light touch accompaniment to the relaxed intimate melody. ““My cover of Sugar takes it right down”, she adds, “offering a more relaxed neo-soul style track. With just guitar and vocals, there is an intimate quality to it, with a focus on the soft, warm vocal. Jazz vocal techniques push it in different directions, keeping an otherwise simple cover, interesting. I hope to have kept it close enough to the original that it maintains all fundamental elements that make it such a great track, whilst still being able to offer something different.”
Recently written song I’m Ready Now also makes it on to the Naked EP. Dreamy, yet powerful, the track was penned as Molly Green prepared to support Joy Crookes, a show which ended up being her last before lockdown. “I wanted to write a song specifically for the gig”, she says of the track, “and given the high that I was feeling at the time, 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! I wanted to let everyone there know that I am ready.”
The EP rounds out with a beautiful acoustic version of her latest single Dusky Haze. The track demonstrates perfectly her versatility, as the original version is reworked, taken back to its bear bones, contrasting perfectly with the original, and paying tribute to the initial writing of the track which featured only guitar and vocals.
Naked marks a stunning acoustic EP from a rising star who needs to be heard. The EP is released on Thursday 2 July.
Author: Mark Kelly
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