Cincinnati-based singer/songwriter Mol Sullivan's songwriting speaks earnestly and with grit. Profound, cerebral, and cheeky, her lyrics are served up on a silver tray à la delicate pop melodies with a touch of vinegary twang. Her current material is an obvious by-product of late-nineties Top 40 babes and early aughts indie darlings. Sullivan's live performances indulge in humor, humility, and emotional revelation. She has spent the last few years sober and has used this time as a poignant backdrop for reflecting over a chequered past and having been the forlorn villain of her own story.
Sullivan hit the ground running in 2023 releasing her first EP, A Little Hello (Ruination Record Co.), several self-directed music videos, and tour dates from coast to coast. Her next body of work, her first full length studio album, GOOSE, is slated to release January 26, 2024. Recorded in the fall of 2021 at Foxhall Studio in Chicago, GOOSE was produced by Sima Cunningham (Finom), and features Cunningham, Dorian Gehring, Spencer Tweedy, Macie Stewart, Hunter Diamond, Liam Kazar, and Clay Frankel. The record feels much like a long exposure photograph of nearly 15 years of Sullivan's songwriting career, with Cunningham's ear chaperoning each song through a blush colored lens. It is simultaneously sparse and filled up with its own space. Sobriety, fractured relationships, and compassionate introspection loom large on this record that brings together Todd Rundgren style pop craftsmanship with the sweeping intimacy of Bill Callahan - both of which share a knack for turning phrases into devastating and devastatingly funny lines.