The Danish-Chilean artist Molina seems to exist in a surreal alternate universe - one ornamented with the faded pastels of yesteryear’s portrait backdrops, infused with Nordic, Japanese, and South American cultural alchemy, and garnished with the bizarre sociality of offbeat cult film.
A production and musical autodidact, Molina weaves her own tapestry out of the many threads of her inspiration. Molina manifests her own world, invoking a breadth of influence that only a child of the internet-age can.
Since childhood, Molina has been drawn to the bottomless well of music online, from shoegaze and dark wave, to new wave and punk, from electronic to experimental pop and beyond.
After her 2017 debut EP Corpus, which garnered praise from BBC Radio 6 Music and The Line of Best Fit, Molina joined Tambourhinoceros to release her sophomore art-pop EP Vanilla Shell (2020). Intertwining the timeless paradoxes of personal liberation and symbiotic love, the EP also reveals an offbeat flavor of uniquely modern self-awareness, touching on themes like fast food addiction.
The 2018 single ‘Hey Kids’ off of Vanilla Shell - took the internet by storm with it’s danceable synth hooks and - as Molina sings - “fluffy” atmosphere; as if listening to an underground club through a string-and-tin-can telephone. The accompanying music video, with its dreamy and peculiar nostalgia, struck a chord with tastemakers around the world and propelled the song onto the worldwide alternative charts and into the TikTok stratosphere.
Molina’s latest single “Cold” (2021) features her childhood hero Jonas Bjerre from Mew, plus two B-sides sung in Spanish, drawing on her Chilean roots.
Molina’s universe is one of warm comfort, danceable hooks, mystifying twists, sensitivity and confidence. Call it art pop, synth pop, left-field pop. Whatever genre it may be, it is something like a telescope through which we can catch a glimpse of her alternate realm.