MUSIC

Molina Releases Dark New Single “Parásito”

The new release features a engrossing fusion of New Wave and indie synth-pop.

Alex Carlyle

Molina's new release "Parásito" is a haunting track, bringing '80s energy to a darkly modern synth-pop sound.

The single—the newest off her upcoming EPm Vanilla Shell, out in November—is familiar territory for the Danish-Chilean artist's small discography—Molina's singles to date make the most of this formula, the tightly-wound New Wave-ness wrapped around Molina's shadowy charisma. It's a compelling combination, as her lyrics about desire and heartbreak are enlivened with a lushly-constructed production. Especially here on "Parásito," Molina sounds a bit like Nico poured through the sieve of 2010s electropop: a dark and engrossing performance set comfortably in a synth soundscape.

But "Parásito" is Molina's first song sung in Spanish, a deliberate choice that changes the tone of the song: "The drama in the language makes it easier and more natural for me to be extrovert[ed] and emotional," Molina herself says. Compared to her other singles, which are a little more fragmented and abstract in their storytelling, the lyricism of "Parásito" is more straightforward, more present in its longing. The creepy bassline, the ambient clouds of sound, Molina's echoing voice: They all make Molina's want sound even more foreboding, as she turns her lover into the only thing that can sate her hunger. The song's still suffused with desire, but there's a sense of tragedy.

Molina's made herself a main character in this small drama, and her willingness to construct that drama for the listener spells an exciting future for the up-and-coming singer.

Everyone who knew Cameron Boyce during his life described him as unfailingly kind.

The actor died unexpectedly on July 6th 2019 after suffering a seizure in his sleep. Since then, co-stars, friends, and fans alike have been grieving his loss.

At just nine years old, Boyce made his acting debut in a Panic! at the Disco music video. He soon became a household name among a certain age group thanks to his role in Jessie, a Disney Channel show that ran from 2011 to 2015. His movie credits include Mirrors, Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf and Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 with Adam Sandler.

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MUSIC

Escort Brings The House Down on "City Life"

The nu-disco band returns with a new lead singer and a powerful and loving sound that manages to be respectfully retro and alluringly modern.

Courtesy of Dennis Manuel

City Life turns a night out into a sonic voyage.

Escort, the Brooklyn-based nu-disco outfit, has returned, and their newest offering—their first since 2015's Animal Nature and their third overall—paints the possibilities of New York after dark with a loving and vivacious hand. City Life combines Escort's curated, modern house-disco groove with an irrepressible thematic joy, a sound that celebrates itself with a vivid flourish.

New lead vocalist, Nicki B, gifts the album with the spirit and drama it deserves, her liquid voice flowing from hope to heartache and back with prodigious ease on tracks like the desperate "Outta My Head" and the imperious "Josephine." Eugene Cho and JKriv, Escort's resident producers, craft the bones of City Life with a reverent hand, maintaining a modern sensibility in their luxurious disco soundscape that lets the album sound timeless without veering into decadence. Fonda Rae blesses the title track with a bubbling hook, Lone Ranger infuses an infectious reggae heartbeat into "One Draw," and pianist-flutist Brian Jackson, frequent Gil-Scot Heron collaborator, brings an ethereal insistence to the cinematic "Ride." But this carousel of disciplines and sounds never comes close to overwhelming the album: thanks to Cho and JKriv's production and Nicki's sheer vocal presence, they're what makes the album so compelling.

It's important to note that Escort isn't interested, on this album or ever, in arguments about resurrecting anything, a New York that used to exist or a kind of disco that used to spin in dance clubs. In truth, City Life makes the argument that this world never went anywhere, rising out of their music like the sun rising at the end of a long night. "Got everything just right here where you are," Nicki B promises, and it's lovely how easy it is to believe her.

City Life



Matthew Apadula is a writer and music critic from New York. His work has previously appeared on GIGsoup Music and in Drunk in a Midnight Choir. Find him on Twitter @imdoingmybest.


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