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Review: “One Year” - Molly Baker

Molly Baker's newest single, "One Year," was appropriately written over one year of the singer-songwriter's life. She began with the lyrics and then spent the rest of the time working on and then reconfiguring the production. It's safe to say all the hard work was worth it. "One Year" is a powerful and emphatic indie ballad. The track follows a deteriorating relationship over the span of 365 days and the pain that ensues. Baker's vocals are passionate, and the lyrics hit hard. "One Year" is the type of lyrically-focused track that allows listeners to project their own experiences onto it. The song's theme of growing distant from someone you were once close with is universal, and Baker expertly emotes the complicated and hurt sentiments that come with it; "One Year" is a track bound to resonate with most audiences.

One Year" is a fairly stripped-back track. The song's soft instrumental places Baker's vital trait at the forefront: her sharp lyricism. The songwriter is descriptive; Her songs feel like novels. The first line of "One Year" is 'New Year's Eve.,' a clever setup of the passage of time the song's narrative follows over the next three-and-a-half minutes. Baker writes about failing relationships with authenticity. "One word replies / Your unspoken goodbyes" is a succinct line that cuts deep; it's a scenario all too relatable for listeners, and Baker's emotive singing sells it. Her vocals, in general, make the song. The artist often harmonizes with herself in the background to emphasize phrases, adding a dramatic flare that only makes the track more emotionally potent. In the last stanza, Baker displays the sense of attitude and confidence needed when signing about meeting someone new who treats her with respect. The flowing, light melody of "One Year" works with Baker's intimate, diary-like lyrics to create a memorable, pleasing ballad.

Molly Baker is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who primarily works in the indie, alt-rock, and pop genres. Her love of music started when she was ten years old and only grew from there. Baker released her official debut, "Go With The Flow," in 2021. The track is an upbeat pop anthem about not knowing what you're doing but making it work regardless. It currently has over 164,000 streams on Spotify, with Baker herself having 4000 monthly listeners. Bakers' music concentrates on poetic lyricism and acoustic guitar or piano-based instrumentals. The artist cites Taylor Swift, Stevie Nicks, Phoebe Bridgers, and Olivia Rodrigo as a few of her influences, which radiates in her songs, especially "One Year." Through her five singles, Baker proves to be an exciting up-and-coming artist. "One Year," along with the rest of her discography is available to listen to on all streaming platforms.

Written By Lauren Nolan


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