Molly Sandén’s new EP Like No One’s Watching is her first body of work since Unchained dropped in 2012.
Three years on and her artistry has come a long way. Though “Why Am I Crying” feels like a dominant influence on the EP, the depth of production and strength of songs sets them apart here.
Lead single “Freak” is still enormous cinematic electropop at its finest, with Molly’s haunting vocal longing for rescue and wrestling with her inner demons.
The emotional intensity and darkness puts aside “Why Am I Crying” and delivers volumes of emotion intensity that you wouldn’t have expected from Molly Sandén. She sounds wounded and the whispered closed gives shivers.
“Phoenix” as the name implies shows rebirth after the devastation of “Freak”. “I’m ready to explode, like a phoenix, gotta die to come alive,” Molly dares and soars as a result. The chaotic reverberating synths produce a tectonic middle 8 that delivers an electropop earthquake.
“Like No One’s Watching” is a spiritual and uplifting tract, the closest thing to “Why Am I Crying” 2.0 to be found on the 5 track EP. It isn’t Molly Sandén by numbers though. The message is admirably simple; Molly Sandén don’t give a, keep looking at her.
It is a carefree track about love and the anthem quality makes it an instant ear worm. As an ode to love, and we could hint a certain Mr Saucedo, the whole thing is adorable and also unstoppable.
“The way you look at me, baby, your love has taught me to love,” she signs off before the big bridge note and it makes you go gooey inside. The vocal runs also show Sweden has more than one Molly pushing the whistle register.
“California Dreams” is a spiky change in pace from the three ballads, showing off more of an R&B sound from Molly and slamming Hollywood fakery. Besides a different hypnotic tribal beat, it also shadows the themes of “Freak” and perhaps draws from Molly’s own experience of La Vie La La Land.
And the final fifth track “Satellites”? To die for. Hedonistic Swedish house dance at its finest and set apart from tick-box EDM by the loving lyrics, including “face-to-face, my favourite place,” which helps the track shimmer as at once accessible and deeply personal.
Like No One’s Watching might be a cheeky reference to Molly’s time away from the spotlight but it has clearly been well sent, lending her sound a real power and a set of amazing songs.
Love Molly, love the songs and LOVE the EP altogether <3