Danish-Chilean singer Molina shares dark synth-pop single “Parásito”
Over the past two years Molina has put out three singles “Hey Kids,”“Mike” and “Venus,” establishing herself as an original voice in the alternative pop scene and garnering praise from Pitchfork Ryan Schreiber and Gorilla vs Bear, who highlighted “Venus” among their best tracks of 2019.
On “Vanilla Shell,” Molina weaves layered vocals, strings, flute, and fretless bass into her synthetic universe characterized by inventive song structures, catchy melodies and brooding production.
“Parásito” is a song about longing- about being so absorbed by love for another person that it feels impossible to get as close to that person as you want. It’s about an urge so intense that the best comparison is the parasite’s need for another creature’s blood in order to survive. It’s this almost macabre unity of individuals where it becomes difficult to distinguish between yourself and the other person that Molina conveys on “Parásito.”
Molina pays homage to her half-Chilean background on “Parásito,” also her first song sung in Spanish. When writing the lyrics, she discovered that the language possessed different inherent power and energy than both Danish and English.
Molina explains: “I feel Spanish amplifies my message. The drama in the language makes it easier and more natural for me to be extrovert and emotional.”
This energy is not only present in the lyrics but also in her voice itself that demands the listener’s attention with its drama and power when she sings “Soy un parásito” (I’m a parasite). The dreamy vocals are accompanied by a cool and repetitive beat that’s punctuated by more acoustic and warm sections built up around the fretless bass, acoustic guitar and flute. Like the lyrics, the track’s arrangement contrasts between harder and more tender moments to give the song its dynamic depth.