“A sugary, sticky tangle of booming electronic beats, hypnotic vocals and a suitably explosive chorus. If there's any justice, Beanland should be lounging atop the charts by next summer. We're swooning.” The 405
“Modern-day purveyor of power ballads. Expect a semi, if not total, eclipse of the heart [...] That's the effect she's having on listeners, seducing with a knowing deployment of icy passion and controlled bombast.” The Guardian (New Band Of The Day)
“Three minutes of sparkle synths, echoing guitars and Ms Beanland’s sumptuous vocal. Fan of Cocteau Twins? Tune in.”The Line of Best Fit
“Using pop as a realm to sculpt an identity, which is part Grimm fairytale and part 80s sci-fi heroine […] Matches the sweeping melodrama of Kate Bush to a contagious pop touch worthy of CHVRCHES or London Grammar” Clash
With a name that conjures up images of Grimm fairy tale characters and movie heroines from the 1980s, London based singer-songwriter Molly Beanland releases her second single‘Real Life’ on 7th April 2014. The track is taken from her upcoming ‘Night Dreams’ EP, due for digital release on 12th May 2014, which will have you dancing one minute and dreaming the next.
After receiving rave reviews online for her debut single ‘Night Dreams’, Molly’s bold second single ‘Real Life’ does not disappoint with its upbeat collision of dreamy synths and dark beats. Her strong yet fragile, crystal-cut vocals float over the booming electronica, to create a slice of lavish 80s-inspired pop brilliance. Molly has been working closely with film director Jonathan Entwistle and together they have created the brilliant music video for ‘Real Life’.
In Molly’s own words: “Real Life is a song about revelling in the joys and pains of reality vs. the fantasy world and where that line blurs. It's very much a song about empowerment, confidence and indulgence in pleasure. With the video we wanted to create something that illustrated this fractured sense of self, futuristic surrealism in a slick, bright, pop art dream world and then this gritty darker element. It’s an inner monolog, a la Ally McBeal, of the internalised champion and her cheerleaders. It's a fun song and a fun video with a huge dose of my personality and the kind of imagery that inspires me and gets me excited, from Japanese pop music videos, pop art and modernism to American teen movies and 80s varsity. Aesthetically it's been very much a shared vision from the start, it's been amazing to see Jon bring these ideas to life. I'm very much in awe of his talent!”
Taking inspiration from the likes of Kate Bush and early Kylieto New Order, Eurythmics and the new wave soundtracks that graced mainstream “Brat Pack” films, this eclectic, elfin-smiled artist brings to life a beautiful world of nostalgia, fantasy and sensuality. With her stunning lyrics and octave scaling vocal melodies, Molly manages to mix it in with a little innocence, a little sexuality, a little recklessness, and a hell of a lot of freedom.
The single ‘Real Life’ is available to pre-order on iTunes now: