Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Ethereal occasionally ectronica pop
Most recent release, The Birth of Love (EP, 2015); check Sophie Moleta's Bandcamp site for additional singles
Sophie Moleta's site
Kate Bush, Jane Siberry, Jennifer Ferguson
Own and cowritten
Her work is extensive—but much better-known in France (where she has a cult following) and in the UK to a lesser extent. Folk/pop is a part of her work—as was what i consider a diversion into 'europop' (dance tracks)—as is some 'electronic ambient' work released on a USA CD last year. Her main body of work is vocal/piano (and other instruments) primarily of her own songs. But as varied as her solo work and collaborations have been, there is a unifying flavour to Sophie's work—her songs are highly personal, generally sparse in words, intense with vocal emotion, and always recognisable for their aural beauty. I have seen her compared to Kate Bush, Bjork, Tori Amos, Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) and Terami Hirsch, and there are those elements—but Sophie's vocal approach is seductively unique to my ears. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
For a start the latest album, Every Girl I Know Deserves a Packet of Stars, is a great place to get familiar with Sophie's piano/vocals style. but then search out various older releases—mainly available via Sophie's website and be aware that the work crosses various genres—laid-back jazz, electronic ambient, various dance/trance remixes—but all with great vocals. (email@example.com)
Limited edition; no longer available; tracks all available on Every Girl I Know Deserves a Packet of Stars
Sophie Moleta—vocals, piano, electronics
New Zealand's Sophie Moleta has a new single out, "Te-Atawhai", a charming song about a young girl she knows. Sophie's piano music is highly melodic and her lyrics poetic. Often the words are too concerned with relationships for me, or slightly new agey. Other times they are compellingly abstract ("ridges were sculpted and smoothed...by eruptions over hundreds of thousands of years"—2nd song on the single, also sampled in an electronic song).
Every Girl I Know Deserves a Packet of Stars
See Sophie Moleta's site or CDBaby.com
Sophia Moleta—vocals, piano, electronics
While occasionally she walks the edge of the new-agey and sweet, there's something so amazingly catchy about Sophie Moleta's directness and her lovely vocals that I really enjoy this album. It's a very pretty, very emotive collection of piano-based songs. Sophie Moleta feels like a natural, as though she creates her songs while she's singing them—a truly magical touch. Something here in her songwriting and performance reminds me of Jennifer Ferguson. (Neile)
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