If you’re looking for cynicism, Molly Sarlé is not prepared to deliver. The American singer-songwriter is more about letting her feelings flow, taking her audiences through breezy highs and bittersweet lows. As stark and solitary as it sometimes sounds, her music is an exercise in humanity and connection, drawing listeners in with a clear voice and open heart.
Sarlé’s voice may be vaguely familiar to casual listeners: she cut her teeth as one third of the folk trio Mountain Man, hitting the road in support of her good friend Feist. When Sarlé became dismayed that she wasn’t finding her voice within the group, her famous friend advised her to take things solo, giving her permission to fully soar. From there, Sarlé explored the studios of California, North Carolina, and eventually Woodstock, NY to find the rooting for her 2019 debut album Karaoke Angel, an ethereal collection of her gentle and introspective guitar ‘n’ synth-based songs.
Location matters here, since Sarlé seems to keenly absorb the aura of her surrounding — drawing in the cool vibes of the West Coast, the earthiness of the South, and the ghosts of Woodstock. The result is a sound that marries country folk with modern indie sensibilities. Sarlé’s classic influences float towards the clouds, but never get too far from the earth below.
Biography by Elizabeth Chorney Booth