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New Jersey-based songwriter and vocalist, Molly Bolten runs a tight ship that consists of a solid eight components in the studio, producing a potpourri of influences, from polished funk, to a jazzy twist on singer/songwriter transparency. The band shows its music-school guns, incorporating vibrant horn lines and stirred up guitar effects, and giving the hint that they’d be pretty killer live. Bolten translates as a sponge of musical flavors, and could easily appeal to anyone who digs acts from Phish to Sara Bareilles to Sade. But unlike a seasoned vet like Sade, Bolten’s vocals, although very strong, lack certain character, or any distinguishable qualities at all. The band clearly has the talent, can definitely write a good hook, and has a rather open mind. With a more focused direction, it could start to nail down a more focused audience.