Poppet is alter ego of California-raised musician Molly Raney. Before Poppet’s genesis in 2008, Raney spent many years training in a wide variety of musical felds from western classical to jazz to choral to Hindustani (Northern Indian classical tradition) to Gamelan (Indonesian classical ensemble music). She also has an extensive background in music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology, from both her childhood lessons and her education at the University of California in Davis. She spent 7 years studying with vocal coach Dr. Rebecca Plack of the San Francisco Conservatory–a major infuence on her vocal style and elasticity. This broad musical background, plus her involvement with community freeform radio station KDVS, accounts for Poppet’s own sonic diversity.
Poppet creates fully orchestrated electro/baroque pop, forged through dense layers of electronic and acoustic sounds and hinging on her etherial and extraordinarily expressive voice. In 2014, she contributed a cover version of Suspended In Gaffa to the compilation album Running Up That Hill: Kate Bush Covers For Reproductive Rights.
In 2016, Mount Holyhoke graduate Nina Joly joined Poppet’s live set, integrating contemporary dance into an ominous and heartrending cycle of songs focusing on the human conscience. Joly has choreographed for the Saint Paul Ballet, and most recently for indie rock band Foxygen of Jagjaguwar Records.
In December 2017, Poppet released the first full length album of tracks called ‘Mirror age’ on the Bandcamp website.