Release Date: 31 August 2018
Format: LP Vinyl
|Sophie Hunger Molecules Limited Vinyl LP
Sophie Hunger returns with her brand new album ‘Molecules’.
‘She Makes President’, the album’s first offering, was written before the US presidential election, with Hunger having listened to a radio programme that declared that the female voters would wield the deciding vote on Election Day owing to their greater numbers and likelihood of voting. “I wrote that song trying to portrait this future female identity and then Trump got elected,” she says, still audibly stunned. “Knowing that women had it in their hands not to elect Trump, but they proved to be yet again unreliable when it came to standing up for their own rights.”
Sophie Hunger has long been synonymous with a minimalist folk-jazz hybrid that put her in step with fellow travellers like Laura Marling and Feist. But having recently made the move to Berlin, she discovered electronic music, became a frequent visitor to the Berghain club on Sunday nights and developed an interest in modular synths, for which Berlin is a mecca. The songs she wrote in her home studio (which were later recorded with producer Dan Carey in South
London) do her proud.
‘Molecules’ is Hunger’s first full album in English, and is what she describes as “minimal electronic folk”. Her most compelling qualities – an ingenue-like delicacy and contrasting solitary darkness - haven’t changed. Familiar trickles of funfair weirdness still permeate the music, calling to mind Beth Orton and Regina Spektor. Moreover, she’s still enigmatic and self-possessed to the point where it feels too intrusive to ask certain questions.
Molecules bears witness to her defiance and intellectual credibility in a post-truth age of ignorance. Female (and male) pop fans in search of a nuanced, intelligent role model could do worse than to keep an eye on her.
1. She Makes President
2. Silver Lane
3. There Is Still Pain Left
5. Let If Come Down
6. I Opened A Bar
7. Oh Lord
8. The Actress
10. That Man