One of the most compelling new voices to emerge from the Montreal music scene, singer-songwriter Molly Sweeney's debut album Gold Rings and Fur Pelts features nine songs that conjure up an elemental world of longing, passion, and poetry in a classic concept-album format. From a journey foiled by fate to a poignant French chanson of faithless love, these folk-infused torch songs explore the dark side of rapture, showcasing her sultry, dramatic vocals and enigmatic lyrics.
"The centerpiece of Against the Day is another vocal-oriented track, the bilious and forceful "Bilocations", which follows the imagistic story of a young woman-- written and sung by Molly Sweeney-- from her adventurous childhood ("When I was eight years old I scared away a mountain lion") to an affair with a Western businessman [...] When Sweeney sings that the man doesn't "know squat about biology or immunology" it sounds both sexual and threatening, imbuing Against the Day with a frailty its huge movements sometimes lack."Pitchfork, June 2009
"[...] a caravan of percussionists and Osama Shalabi's oud provide the form for Sweeney's narrative, sung in an uncanny Eartha Kitt impersonation. "I can make myself ten times more ferocious," she growls, and the furious raga underneath gives you no pause to counter that._Blurt, March 2009