Tony Molina

Kill The Lights

Slumberland

Released: 27th July 2018

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For about the past decade, Tony Molina, a veteran of the Bay Area hardcore scene, has taken a big left turn and started writing insanely catchy, crunchy, economical power-pop jams. 2014's Dissed and Dismissed was a 12-songs-in-12-minutes masterpiece, but luckily Kill The Lights sees him crack the two minute mark on at least one track, meaning this one clocks in at a cool 14 minutes.

The ten songs on "Kill The Lights" continue in his evolution towards stripping the songs back to reveal each one's emotional and melodic core. But where 2016's "Confront The Truth" was mostly acoustic, "Kill The Lights" adds back some full band arrangements to brilliant effect.

Album opener "Nothing I Can Say" is a lovely 12-string pop tune that would sit snugly in The Byrds' songbook - it's that good. "Wrong Town" is gentle and subtly wrenching, recalling prime Elliott Smith in its simple truth. "Afraid To Go Outside" expands on some of the pastoral early Bee Gees/Kaleidoscope/Tomorrow flavor revealed on "Confront," aided by some great organ lines. "Now That She's Gone" features some gorgeous guitar finger-picking, while "Jasper's Theme" is a rootsy mid-tempo groover that leans towards Gram-era Byrds.