I whip off my shirt due to the sweltering hot weather and see some people passing by my window. As they glance up, I take a chance and flex my muscles at them, only for my man boobs and new lockdown gut to be exposed to an uproar of laughter. That’s not good for the old ego. Which is why discovering a unique gem of a song in the form of My Madonna by Paul Molloy is a perfectly timed gift to an otherwise disappointing day.
That’s right, Paul Molloy from The Coral has a solo record out – you read that correctly. It’s taken from his upcoming debut album, The Fifth Dandelion, out on the 21st August via Spring Heeled Records. Wondering what happened to the other four dandelions, I must profess my love for My Madonna. The song itself and its accompanying video are brimming with charm and showcase some beautifully unique animation. The visuals revive imagery similar to that of the style The Beatles associated themselves with, evoking feelings of nostalgia while demanding your attention with eye-catching artwork.
Saying that, having mentioned the fabulous four, the music itself sounds like it’s in the same vein, inspired by times gone by. It feels like an uncovered time capsule in that sense, heaped with pure positivity and praise for a lover from the moment you press play, right to its conclusion.
It’s actually crazy to think that songs full of happiness feel much rarer in the current musical landscape. You tend to hear more music complaining about exes, planning to exact revenge in some form or another as a means of empowerment or retribution. It’s a breath of fresh air to finally get a big chunk of positivity that isn’t COVID-19 related. It’s a much needed uplifting anthem in times of chaos and depression.
Paul Molloy, you’re a beautiful man, and I don’t mind admitting I wish I had your beard. My Madonna is a must-hear. Give it a listen below and watch the video too.