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Beautiful & fierce edgy experimental pop piano
Most recent release, November Antique (2008)
The official Molly Zenobia web page
Hints of a lot of different people, without really sounding like any of them. I hear a touch of PJ Harvey, a lot of Emily Bezar, Sarah Slean, and yes, a hint of Tori here and there. (10/01, neal)
Put the name Molly Zenobia onto the radar. It's very earnest, piano-based stuff. She sounds young, but there's definitely a spark there. Yeah, she's got some maturing to do. But she has honest-to-god talent, and she's got a great career ahead of her. (5/01, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Comments about live performance:
I saw Molly at the 2001 version of Ectofest. I'd never heard her beyond a few samples on her web site, and was very interested to see what she was all about. I think this was probably the highlight of the day for me, as it was the most striking and original set. She played keyboard, and had a drummer and guitar player with her. Her keyboard playing is rich and varied. Not quite as wild as Veda Hille's can get, but pretty expressive.
Recommended first album:
I prefer the broader arrangements and denser sound on Wind Chains, but not by much! (1/02, neal)
1999—purple banana records—70662
From Molly's web page
Molly Zenobia (billed as Molly Zenobia Matrisciano)—vocals, piano, exotic plastic water drum, misc. sillies, keyboard
Molly Zenobia Matarisciano, John Chamberlin
I had her release Skin2 summers ago & was quite disgusted with it. It's not enough that she has some piano chops & tries to yell. Paula Cole is already guilty of that. Her songs lack lyrical oomph as far as I could tell.... (1/02, John.Drummond)
2000—Purple Banana Records—204232
From Molly's web page
High for fans of edgy fare
Molly Zenobia—piano, vocals, keyboards, tin whistle, xylophone
Dante Pascuzzo—bass, upright bass, Rhodes
John Chamberlin, Molly Zenobia, Joel Bell
Molly Zenobia is by turns surprising, scary, and intricate. Her voice slices her piano-based songs into little pieces with surgical precision. She plays her instrument of choice like she was born to do it. Ghostly moans and water splashes adorn the frosty "Mermaids". She makes her snakelike whisper resonate on "Silent Spring". Zenobia shares a few traits with the reigning queen of the piano, Tori Amos; but the style is all her own.
Thanks to Neal Copperman for work on this entry.
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