tony-molina

When we covered Tony Molina’s "See Me Fall" & "Hung Up on the Dream" we addressed how Molina’s music gets right to the core of the often overly complex world in which we reside. What we neglected to mention was the realization that you’re dealing with something special here. You’re witnessing Molina effortlessly cross genres while most of the tracks on Confront the Truth feel so close to you that it comes across as a private listening party. This is an artist harnessing difficult situations and self-awareness into a different sonic endeavor and thriving.

“Lisa’s Song” is a gorgeous arrangement, like the mellowness of a soft spring glow. It houses an alt-country twang that pops up multiple times throughout the EP. A series of contemplation is clearly involved – a contemplation that reaches a heartbreak on a track like “Old Enough to Know.” You can imagine two people looking at each other, frozen in time, and realizing this is the end. As Molina says, “love has to grow before it dies,” and now the only thing that makes sense is to part ways.

While these moments seem to dominate the EP at times, you can’t overlook what’s going on in tracks like “I Don’t Want To Know” and “Banshee.” The former has a George Martin style of production. On the track, Molina seems to be confused about how to progress, but he knows he wants to keep going. You can almost hear the strikes of the piano as clearly as the notes themselves. “Banshee,” on the other hand,” shakes off the chilliness of the EP with a sound that’s a bit more familiar. But it’s a slowed down shredder of a track. It’s speed punk for a place where you can still see the stars in the night sky.

One track that we’re still trying to wrap our heads around though would have to be “No One Told He.” As far as the EP goes, this is a big sound, yet it’s so beautifully suppressed. We’d go as far to say that, at very specific moments, it channels the Band at their most intimate. The weighty acceptance of one’s place in the grand scheme is looked at, but he knows if others won’t give you the chance, you have to figure out how to make yourself free. It takes the roots of his punk frustration and spins that with alt-country sincerity. It’s one of those songs you just have to hear.

Full of the acute earnestness on which Molina has built a foundation, Confront the Truth is out now on Slumberland Records. Joey Smith