Mom Friend, Moloq, Nicholas Mallis
Thursday May 11, 2023 08:00 PM EDT
CL Critic Jess Goodson Recommends: The city is flush with singer-songwriters, but not all of them have that brain-tickling sound which stays with you like this local powerhouse. Mom Friend is the project of Emily Backus, a musician, music teacher, and co-chair of Ya’ll Rock Camp ATL (formerly Girls Rock Camp ATL). Backus is not only a champion of music education in Atlanta, but also a very talented songwriter with a voice I personally could listen to all day long. Her early 2022 album Cost of Living touches on relatable and tough topics, all while giving you a danceable, dreamy soundscape, driving home her nostalgic, indie rock sound. Backus is supporting local art-pop duo Moloq, and Athens’ producer alternative pop artist Nicholas Mallis. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll show up to the Earl on time. -JG
From the venue:Found at the intersection of classical order and modern chaos, Moloq has pushed pop boundaries since 2015’s “ViscousPixels.” The duo’s eponymous second LP, released in 2019, is a blend of freaky art-rock, Arabic music, and funk grooves. Moloq continues to push the notion of pop accessibility with their plate-spinning showcases around Atlanta and across unsecured VPNs worldwide.