August 13, 2013

EP: Baby Mollusk - Insane Baby

Prepare to feel a lot of feelings.

Let me first make this clear: I have a lot of feelings. I attribute a lot of these "feelings" to the fact that I'm a Pisces, was a little spoiled as a child, and have listened to one too many Elliott Smith songs. In all honesty, I didn't think it was possible to feel more than I already do but then I listened to Baby Mollusk's Insane Baby and realized I was wrong.

Baby Mollusk is the bedroom project of SUNY Purchase student (wow, a lot of good music comes out of here) Rachel Gordon. Rachel has been quietly posting sad acoustic jams on her bandcamp ever since her self-titled EP debuted over a year ago. Her newest collection, Insane Baby, surfaced in the wee hours of last Thursday and has given me goosebumps ever since. This collection, which simply features an acoustic guitar, marshmallow gooey vocals, and a mini concertina, is a mix of warm-fuzzies and unapologetic confessions both hard to ignore and refute.  "Feeling Like A Bean" in particular is something I've wanted to recite many times to many different boys. Lines like "I can always count on you to let me down" and "I will kiss the whole world on the mouth before I see you again" make the little light bulb in my head shout "eureka!" And while many of these songs are sad, they align so well with what it means to be a human being in the 21st century. We have all at one time hated our skin, been broken by another, and spent too much money on a bagel. The simplicity and "sadness" of these small moments make them that much more grandoise.


Listen to Baby Mollusk on bandcamp.

Written by Diana Cirullo