Molly Nilsson's version of synth pop clings tightly to a D.I.Y. approach; she records her albums by herself, runs her own record label and has a rock-solid artistic vision that hasn't wavered.
She records quickly and is prolific, releasing an album almost every year since 2008's These Things Take Time. Her insular, stately approach to synth pop is balanced by the swooping synth melodies and detached grace of her vocals. As she grew musically and personally, her sound opened up and became warmer, especially on 2015's landmark album Zenith.
Her musical career began when she moved from her native Sweden to Berlin and switched from wanting to be a visual artist to making music. Her first album, 2008's These Things Take Time, was released on CD-R with only 500 copies made, then followed the next year by another album, the nine-song Europa. Still working by herself, and relatively quickly, she released a record a year on her own Dark Skies Association label (Follow the Light in 2010, History in 2012, and Travels in 2013, the latter co-released with Night School). Along the way, her profile was boosted when she and John Maus recorded a version of "Hey Moon" from These Things Take Time for his 2011 album, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves. Always fond of traveling, Nilsson took a step out of her comfort zone recording-wise by heading to Argentina for two months, where she made Sólo Paraíso: The Summer Songs EP. The process of recording her next album proved to be a little more difficult, as she ended up scrapping a finished version after taking a hard look after her two-month break and realizing it wasn't quite the next step she wanted to take. In its place, she made the expansive Zenith, her most melodic, musically accomplished, and user-friendly album yet. It was released by Dark Skies Association and Night School in late 2015. She spent the next year touring the world, from Glasgow to Mexico, playing shows and absorbing new places and experiences. Night School reissued Follow the Light in early 2017; her seventh album, the musically expansive Imaginations, followed soon thereafter. Working quickly as always, she returned with her most focused, brightest record to date. Focused on her vision of the future and its challenges, both external and internal, Twenty Twenty was released in late 2018. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi