Molly Nilsson (SE)

Swedish-born synth pop artist Molly Nilsson is a firm believer in the D.I.Y. approach. She records her music alone; has her own label Dark Skies Association; sometimes partners with another label - Night School - that allows her all the freedom she needs. Her insular, dark approach to synth pop is balanced by the swooping synth melodies and detached grace of her vocals. Her first album, 2008's ‘These Things Take Time’, was released on CD-R with only 500 copies made. The nine-song album ‘Europa’ followed the year after. Still working relatively quickly by herself, she self-released a record a year on Dark Skies Association. Along the way her profile was boosted when she and John Maus recorded a version of ‘Hey Moon’ from ‘These Things Take Time’ for his 2011 album, ‘We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves’. Her newest output is ‘Zenith’, her most melodic and user-friendly album yet. It was released by Dark Skies Association and Night School in late 2015.