With the tumultuous events of the past year, it’s not surprising that most of us at one point or another have felt out of sorts or distressed, and then had this anxiety come back ten-fold when our heads hit the pillow. These are trying times and we all know what it’s like to lay there frustrated with white noise crackling between our ears. And one artist who understands this more than most is Belgian singer-songwriter Moli, who explores a night of unrest-turned-existential-crisis in her new aptly-named song “Insomnia”.
Stirring into life with the artist’s polished vocals, the result is a lo-fi bilingual pop song glimmering with 80s influences and an irresistible hook – and showcases Moli’s mellifluous lyrical prowess in both English and French. “Insomnia” is taken from her upcoming sophomore project ‘Préface’, a seven-track mini album, which is the impressive result of her musical journey over the last couple of years.
Born in Belgium to an English mother and a South African father, the artist grew up in a small town in Belgium speaking French at school and English at home, at first conflicted at the thought of singing in French: “It’s a delicate language, not only for singing but also for writing.” But today, her hypnotic ability to flip between the two is a mainstay of her artistry.
“I wrote ‘Insomnia’ while I was in London,” explains Moli. “At the time I was staying in a youth hostel which is always a bit of a hit and miss scenario. I was getting very used to it as I nearly always stayed in hostels on writing trips and had had some great experiences but on the contrary, some not so great too. This one particular night, I had been assigned a shared dorm on the ground floor and my bed was on the top bunk situated right next to the window where this one bright light shined directly onto my face. It was summer, the room was super hot so we also needed to keep the window open and people were being super noisy outside… I couldn’t sleep at all. I was lying there tossing and turning all night and anxiety crept up on me. I spent a while on my phone going through the news and social media and that stressed me out even more! I went down a rabbit hole of thoughts about life and had a little existential crisis. I was in the studio for the next few days and felt inspired by that experience, amongst other sleepless nights I’d had in the past, like the nights where I have had sleep paralysis. Insomnia was born and it all came naturally… this is the result.”
Listen to “Insomnia” below…