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Molly Rankin's quiet ascension 

Perfect pop by way of PEI

click to enlarge Rankin hits Michael's this Friday. - DYLAN LEEDER
  • Rankin hits Michael's this Friday.
  • Dylan Leeder

Molly Rankin is a curious case. Though bred in Cape Breton--- she's the daughter of the late John Morris, a Rankin Rankin---and educated at Dalhousie, Rankin is considered by the fine people of Charlottetown to be theirs. It was there, in 2010, that she made a record called She with her boyfriend, ex-Two Hours Traffic guitarist Alec O'Hanley, that was basically six of the sharpest pop songs you've heard in forever, except no one really talked about it. She opened for Peter Bjorn and John on a small US run. Her spare website hosts emails to a manager at Arts & Crafts and an agent at Windish. She'll open for Kathleen Edwards at the Cohn in September. She's going all the places, but in the quietest, most non-descript way possible. It's curious. But you would be mistaken to take a quiet approach to her set on Friday, in amongst a bunch of pop boys, climbing ever higher. –TT

w/English Words, Boxer the Horse and The Danks, Friday August 17 at Michael's Bar and Grill, 6100 Young Street, 10pm, $8

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