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Molly Marlette (Interview)

Molly Marlette is a former “show-biz kid” who is now a vibrant popster with a captivating new single: “Do Me A Favor.” Photog Anna Maria Lopez recently hung out with her to ask some questions and shoot some fun pics.

You’ve lived in Hollywood your whole life. How has the neighborhood changed over the years?

“I have a somewhat delusional view of Los Angeles so it’s hard for me to say. I pretend the sign on the hill still says ‘Hollywoodland.’ It’s like, to me L.A. is still the place where people go to dream. You know? Where stars are born. I’ll walk past the Chase Bank parking lot across from Chateau Marmont and picture the old Garden of Allah Hotel that used to be there with Charlie Chaplin and William Faulkner hanging out.”

You’ve been a trained tap dancer since childhood. Do you ever incorporate this into your live shows?

“I have actually! We put a mic in a box that I stood on and I looped some things. I also did for the intro of ‘Cause for Concern’ on my last album.”

You have a very fun aesthetic filled with color. Where does your inspiration for this come from?

“My inspiration comes from old MGM musicals, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, and also David Bowie. I would love to work with someone who aspires to be the next Edith Head.”

Your pet Pomeranian, Theodore, is rather famous for his aqua blue fur. How did he end up this way?

“Theodore is groomed by the fabulous Jess Rona. I had seen her work before and told her to do whatever inspired her. He’s actually pink now! It’s completely organic, non-toxic, vegan, and pet-friendly.”

Your latest single, “Do Me A Favor,” is a synth-laden pop blast and a departure from your debut album The Robber and the Boy. What inspired your new sound?

“I’ve always wanted to do something like that and it felt right at the time. I grew up listening to [George] Gershwin and [Henry] Mancini and those are my biggest influences in terms of writing. But I remember when I was twelve getting a Happy Meal from McDonald’s that had a little MP3 player with ‘Stronger’ by Britney Spears. I think they were called HitClips. My twelve-year-old mind was blown. I remember being really confused because I wanted to do something like that but it didn’t fit in my Judy Garland box of goals. More recently I decided to mix them.”

Your music video for “Do Me A Favor” shot scenes at Vincent Lamouroux’s “Projection” installation, the “Bates Motel,” in Silver Lake. How did this come about?

“I was driving by on Sunset [Boulevard] and I saw this completely whitewashed motel –the palm trees and the sign and everything– and I knew that had to be the location. It was perfect. We got permission from the artist and the gallery but I still had to climb the fence in a white mini skirt to get in.”

What can you tell us about your forthcoming album?

“I’m working on more music. It won’t be too long this time.”

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“Do Me A Favor” Music Video by Molly Marlette

Molly Marlette is a Hollywood native and former “show-biz kid” who is now a vibrant popster with a captivating single to prove it. Her debut, “Do Me A Favor,” floats on a dreamwave of shimmering synths and digi-beats before exploding into bursts of electro-pop hooks highlighted by a sweet, enthralling voice.

“The curtains were shut tight in the room with the view.”

And here’s the song’s artistic music video which was shot at Vincent Lamouroux’s “Projection” installation (a.k.a. the “Bates Motel”) in Silver Lake.

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“Slow Burn” (feat. RKCB) by Andrew Grant

Andrew Grant is a Hollywood-based DJ-cum-producer who self-describes his sound as “H.I.R.D music” (meaning “hip-hop, indie, rock, and dance”). For his debut original single, “Slow Burn,” he recruited the soulful voices of RKCB to croon over his edgy fusion of plucked guitar, ambitious dance beats, and exploding electro pulses.

“Just need the heat to keep on moving.”

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“Return Forever” by T.O.L.D.

T.O.L.D. (The Order of Life and Death) is the project of singer/songwriter Daniel James Smith. The alt-popster is a native of Birmingham, UK but now calls Hollywood home and has since finished his forthcoming debut LP via IAMSOUND. Here’s its first leaked single, “Return Forever,” which was co-written by Jas Shaw (of Simian Mobile Disco) and opens with a darkwave vibe before bursting into a synth-pop chorus highlighted by backing vocals.

“Say my name and return forever.”

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“Top” by HØØNCH

hoonchHØØNCH is the new project by Jonathan Kim and Gabriel Rodrigues (both formerly of WALLA). With a moniker taken from Kim’s middle name, the Hollywood-based duo recently leaked their debut single “Top” –a poptastic hit with solid hooks built on jiving beats, echoing whistles, blasting synths, and electro effects.

“My heart is seeking me to cuss.”

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“Roomie Wanted” Music Video by Lucy & La Mer (Premiere)

Lucy on SetLucy & La Mer returns with a music video for their latest single, “Roomie Wanted,” off their sophomore EP Little Spoon. The song opens on acoustic picks but soon gains momentum as a catchy pop-bop despite its topic about an ex-lover moving out. And only frontwoman Lucy LaForge has the uncanny ability to ironically portray a heartbreaking memory as a whimsical event (complete with hand claps).

“I’d like full custody of the fish, but you can visit if you wish.”

Directed by Michael Anthony Lopez, the video was shot in Hollywood and superbly captures the awkwardly prolonged moments expressed in LaForge’s very relatable and reliably witty lyrics.

And when we asked LaForge to clarify the song’s context, she replied:

“The song is about the terrible time frame between the decision to breakup and the actual leaving-with-all-your-stuff-part. It’s the worst part ever. I like to call this my passive-aggressive love song. It was inspired by a true story although the pet fish is fictional.”

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“Runaways” by Stephen Bradley

IMG_1355Stephen Bradley has had an amazing career as No Doubt‘s faithful trumpeter/keyboardist, but he decided to impress us again by releasing his first solo EP Runaways. The Oakland native claims the four songs were inspired by the “transient and frenetic energy of Hollywood” after moving to the outlandish neighborhood. And thanks to help from co-producer Javan Slagle, Bradley was able to capture a smooth, modern amalgam of glitch pop, soulwave, and neo-jazz such as on the title track:

“Yeah I like the way it feels…”

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