Greenhouse is the experimental new four-track EP from Sheffield-based bedroom pop artist Gannnet, real name Molly Clark.
By Graeme Smith
Written and performed solo during lockdown, Greenhouse has a contemplative feel to it. You can sense the isolation in Molly’s performance. Thematically, the EP explores current environmental issues and there’s a sense of watching the climate crisis unfold in horror and with resolution to do something about it. What Molly did was write this EP.
It’s the genuine passion that allow the lyrics of each track to land. The undulating Life In The Greenhouse sets the tone before Use Me Once hammers the message home. It’s a powerful, sweeping solo performance with a jazzy undercurrent and clever use of ambient sounds – including the crinkling of single-use plastic bottles.
The sound of ocean waves wash through to track three Nine Daughters. It sounds like a traditional folk song in some sense, were it not for the industrial-esque synths and electric organ. It’s severe until a quiet spoken-word interlude cuts through the cacophony. I found the sound of Nine Daughters a little reminiscent of Bat For Lashes.
It’s often said the key to landing an environmental message is to give people a reason to care. The final track Treesong does that. It answers the question ‘why?’ by focussing on the beauty of the natural world and holds up indigenous people as an example of how people and nature can coexist safely (and how they’re now at the sharp end of climate change). It’s certainly the most experimental track of a very experimental EP. It’s a mosaic of captured commentary, tribal drumming and psychedelic guitar.
I have to applaud the ambition of Greenhouse. The message is huge and the arrangements complex – all done by a solo artist stuck at home because of a pandemic. In a way it’s bittersweet. The technology that allowed this feat to be carried off is a double-edged sword. There is authentic emotion put into these four tracks and I challenge anyone not to connect with Gannnet’s music on a human level.
Have a listen to Greenhouse below.