CURRENT: Molly Nilsson – “1995”

Molly Nilsson returns with her sixth studio album, Zenith, out this September via Dark Skies Association. The album is preceded by “1995,” a longing, emotional return from the Swedish-born singer-songwriter. The song expertly bottles the overwhelming feeling of the present moment being the biggest moment, and how time has a way of concurrently shrinking and magnifying events. “Back in ’95 we thought we were standing on the threshold to the end of time,” she sings, before adding, “(and we still do).”

But at the core of “1995” is not a halcyon look back at an era when T.G.I.F. wasn’t just a Katy Perry song; it’s a crushing tale of loss, the empty feeling of knowing the conversation has ended and yearning to get it back. “So what’s wrong with living in the past / If this happened to be the place I saw you last,” Nilsson sings. While she last saw this instrumental figure in her life some 20 years ago, by crafting the gorgeous “1995,” Nilsson ensures that their memories will always last.

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