To celebrate Pride, we’ll be highlighting a different Irish artist from the LGBTQIA+ community each day in June as part of our Pride Profiles series.
By Hannah Quearney
Listen If You Like
Skinny Puppy, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Black Dresses
Who She Is
Imagine if The Matrix (1999) was acknowledged as the trans allegory that the Wachowski sisters lauded it to be — in an ideal world Molly Noise would (and could!) travel back in time and give that soundtrack the queer industrial justice that it deserves.
The sadgirl noisemaker’s penchant for pulsing drum machines and bone-grinding drones reigns supreme over her discography, yet she never does the same thing twice. Wildly oscillating between darkwave and industrial and sound collage, her sound is difficult to pin down but it’s much better that way. To imply that the listening experience is akin to any other digitally-immersive electronic release would put the solemn few techno-enjoyers who didn’t get the memo into anaphylactic shock.
Listeners are simultaneously thwarted back and forth by walls of distortion, rattled by the rush, and comforted by Molly’s emotional candour. Steering from her trans identity to explore her experiences with mental illness and emotional volatility, each release serves as a patterned scrap of fabric neatly sewn into the patchwork quilt of experience. For now, she’s living in your computer and she’s here to stay.
Listen to her album Unresolved below.