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EP Review: Mollie Coddled – ‘The Halo Effect’

Blending together overcast themes of infatuation, manipulation and depression in with the sun-tinged temperates of spring, ’The Halo Effect’ blooms as a collective; a narrative built by a 19-year-old on fire, reclaiming one futile relationship from her past.

Debut single ‘Honey’ placed Mollie on a pedestal of accolades extending from Spotify Editorial and H&M in-store playlisting to generous radio support across the country, all leading up to the arrival of ’The Halo Effect’ – a daydream eruption that photographs Mollie is one joyous light.

A murmuring “we fell so fast and way too hard,” in ‘One More Day’ encapsulates a pair whose breaks were cut prematurely, and Mollie’s wistful urge to relive those precious, short-lived moments once more. These sentiments live on in ‘Love Deprived’; a baby pink melancholic ditty powdered in false promises from a lover whose “offers mean nothing, if you don’t love me too…”

Her lover’s protective veil is lifted on ‘Velvet Tears’ and the camouflage of white lies that were once used as protective layers are no longer; Mollie has cracked the facade and instead of remaining in a pestiferous presence, gazes into the florescent future.

“She was hued when you came along, but now she’s blue.” It’s in the lo-fi, harmonious ‘Ur Eyes’ where a young perplexed Mollie offers the crucial life lesson of opening your eyes, taking a look around and realising the result of your actions. Floating into the EP’s finale, ‘Rotten Teeth’ spotlights Mollie at her sweetest. “Smother my soreness, with chocolate kisses / Wrap me up in compliments, top me with strawberry sprinkles” Matching the sugary instrumental are her lover’s cotton candy lies – lies so sweet they’re rotting their teeth each time they let one slip.

On ’The Halo Effect’, Mollie explains that “the disparity between the disconsolate lyrics and the joyous, upbeat feel of the songs represents the pressure to always seem content online regardless of how you really feel behind the screen.”

Mollie Coddled refrains from full-throttle bubblegum and instead engineers her very own synth-fuelled, sophisticated numbers for the ages – a bedroom pop prodigy in her own right. ‘The Halo Effect’ encompasses all that a DIY artist is in the 21st century, and shows Mollie pathing the way for a new generation of artists.

 

Jordan White
Assistant Editor

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