Molly Lewis’s compositions seem to float into our ears from distant shores. They’re otherworldly, drawn more from landscapes of dream than from anywhere you could find on a map. Lewis is a unique presence in music today. Her trademark whistle, which brings to mind the great Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac, has graced recordings of everything from Schumann lieder and Brazilian jazz to Spaghetti Western ballads and noir lounge. Lewis’s collaborations are diverse: La Femme, Sébastien Tellier, Barbie, and Dr. Dre. She’s performed around the globe at Shanghai’s Yuz Museum, the Cannes Film Festival, Paris and London Fashion Weeks, Mexico City’s Salón Los Angeles and across the whole of New Zealand. Lewis’s pair of debut EPs The Forgotten Edge (2021) & Mirage (2022) were produced by Tom Brenneck (Charles Bradley, Amy Winehouse) and received critical success, drawing praise from The New York Times and NPR, and landing Lewis a spot on CBS Sunday Morning.
Now, Lewis and Brenneck have teamed up again for her debut full-length album, On The Lips. With something of an open door policy during the album sessions, a stream of acclaimed musicians joined Molly including Nick Hakim, Latin Grammy-nominated Brazilian guitarist Rogê, Leland Whitty and Chester Hansen of Badbadnotgood, Chicano soul group Thee Sacred Souls on the melancholy “Crushed Velvet,” experimental jazz pianist Marco Benevento and El Michels Affair’s Leon Michels. On The Lips is out February 16th, 2024 via Jagjaguwar Records.