Today, acclaimed Nashville-based songwriter Molly Parden makes her late night debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” for their #PlayAtHome series. Watch Parden’s performance of “Feel Alive Again,” the opener to her recent EP Rosemary, here. Released November 13, 2020, Rosemary’s six tracks—the largest collection of songs Parden has released since her 2011 debut Time Is Medicine—weave effortlessly between worlds of pop, folk, string-scapes, and warbly lo-fi filters to make a tidy bed for Parden’s gilded voice and heart wrenching songs to melt into. Purchase or stream the album here.
Rosemary has garnered praise from fans and critics alike, including national outlets that include Stereogum, NPR Music, Gorilla Vs. Bear, SPIN, Paste Magazine, No Depression, Under the Radar, and American Songwriter; regionally, the album has received acclaim from Nashville Lifestyles and Stomp & Stammer, in Parden’s home state of Georgia.
“Just when you thought you didn’t need another pensive singer-songwriter, here comes Molly Parden to gently devastate you. Parden’s Rosemary EP positions her amongst a constellation of young Southern balladeers like Natalie Prass, Julien Baker, and Faye Webster. Her gorgeous arrangements have a dreamy quality.”
“Molly Parden, a longtime favorite of the NPR pop critic [Ann Powers.] The breakup songs on Parden's new EP are melancholy, but there is a 'dreaminess' to it.”
“Exquisite, glowingly nostalgic...it feels like an effortless, timeless-but-unmistakably-modern union of swooning R&B, heartfelt indie-folk, and twinkling, string-laden classic pop.”
“Rosemary is a collection of delicate songs that illumines the stark fragility of loss and its persistent, unlikely beauty...the album feels so vulnerable that it draws an empathetic engagement with the listener, leaving us sensing the deep pain that produced it. Yet still, the songs throughout Rosemary encircle us with the warmth of Parden’s diaphanous voice.”
“From the lilting orchestration to Parden's intimate vocals (which could be mapped somewhere on a compass rose of Weyes Blood, Bedouine and Angel Olsen), Rosemary ambles through its 6 songs at the same confident, unhurried pace as an early morning walk through the woods. Like so many of us these days, it feels vaguely unstuck from time, and yet, firmly rooted in the present moment.”