Molly (AT)
Picturesque


3.5
great

Review

by Jesper L. STAFF
January 15th, 2023 | 28 replies


Release Date: 01/13/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: (at the post office) one rock please

If the genre of post rock is a spectrum that ranges from prog to gaze, Molly slots in nicely at the correct end. Almost four years after the Austrian Alpine duo drifted onto the scene with the wonderful All That Ever Could Have Been, a record as breezy and calming as its cover art, the brand new Picturesque has arrived for another dose of spaced-out gazed-out prettiness.

However, the opening seconds of 'Ballerina' hint at something different altogether. Playing out as a Klimt 1918-lite take on mildly ethereal alt rock, the song feels like an unnecessary change in direction for the band. While it's not bad, the vocals are a fair bit too high in the mix, and for a band whose strengths lie in subtleties… starting a post rock record with the lyric 'fade' isn't all that, you know, subtle. Thankfully, the 12-minute epic 'Metamorphosis' dives straight back into blissful Hammock-isms after, yep, metamorphos- transitioning away from this good-not-great new approach of heightened accessibility. Its guitars shimmer, its melodies linger: it is a perfect encapsulation of the thoughtful beauty the band can achieve with relatively little.

Thankfully, most of Picturesque follows suit in delivering the contemplative goods. Most notably, 'The Golden Age' strikes an endearing balance between the concrete and meandering. While vocals feature prominently, they slot in nicely with the fuzzily upbeat instrumentals and craft a wonderfully relaxing listening experience that swells with moments of clarity. Molly are at their very best when truly locking in on such moments and exploring them to their most ethereal limits. Even though Picturesque limits itself by occasionally prioritising immediacy across its short runtime, it is a post-gaze record that, subtleties aside, evokes the beauty of the Austrian alps. Some would, dare I say it, go as far as describing the album as picturesque.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2023


4643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not rly molly more like weed idk drugs good music yes nice

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2023


49774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️

Mort.
January 15th 2023


21293 Comments


'If the genre of post rock is a spectrum that ranges from prog to gaze, Molly slots in nicely at the correct end. '

what

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2023


49774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, that perspective is um a choice

and then a choice within that choice

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2023


4643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i had around 6 variations on that sentence ready to go but this seemed like the one that would piss off most people teehee

Purpl3Spartan
January 16th 2023


4701 Comments


Good writeup like always will check

Juturna91
January 16th 2023


14 Comments


for a post-rocky sound, you're right that the vocals are too high in the mix. Or maybe they're not too LOUD, it's just that the vocal effects seem at an odds with the effects on the instruments. If they had used more reverb on the vocals I think it would've sounded a lot less jarring.

DreamAgain
January 16th 2023


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't think the vocals do anything to improve the music at all

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


4643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx purpy :]

and yeah i highly recommend checking their debut, fewer vox and more prettiness a la metamorphosis/golden age

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


7560 Comments


That summary is *mwah*

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


4559 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

The Golden Age is so good, the rest is decent but doesn't reach that level

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2023


4643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hehe thx aslep

yeah pretty much sunny! also everyone check klimt 1918 NOW

BrushedRed
January 17th 2023


3526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I will echo the praise for The Golden Age. It is like floating on a cloud. It gives me El Cielo vibes

Gyromania
January 17th 2023


35771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah the climax to Golden Age is incredible

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2023


11539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

lmao that summary

SomeCallMeTim
January 17th 2023


683 Comments


i read that summary 20 times before I got it lel

Gyromania
January 18th 2023


35771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Golden Age is def going in the 2023 playlist

DreamAgain
January 18th 2023


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Golden Age is alright, pretty average p/r imo.



This album honestly is just a ton of mid-tier ef vibes going on. Surprised that comparison hasn't already been made.

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
January 19th 2023


3940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was a pretty nice album, an even better review tho

Slex
January 19th 2023


15348 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some good some too boring



Good review tho!!



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