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London-Based, New Zealand-Raised Molly Payton Shares Her New Single ‘Handle’, Taken From Her Forthcoming EP ‘Compromise’

‘Handle’ is Payton’s second single of 2022, following her previous single ‘Do It All The Same’, which was released alongside the initial announcement of the EP back in September.

The atmospheric track is a soothing and comforting listen, perfect for the steadily growing coldness of the progressing Autumn months.

The soft acoustic guitar strums compliment Payton’s reverbed vocals, with the pureness and simplicity of the track allowing her heartfelt emotion to be the driving force of the song.

“I wrote ‘Handle’ last year in early winter,” Payton reflects. “We couldn’t afford an Airbnb so we were staying at my manager’s mother in law’s house in Greenwich, pet sitting her Tortoise. I moved to London at 16, and for the first few years I was in such a rush to experience everything that I ended up burning out a bit.

“Then I experienced a huge loss which upended my life and led to me moving home to New Zealand. I really felt a bit like I was never going to be okay again, and even after moving back to London I struggled for a long time.

“Two years on, I’m sitting in this garden in Greenwich and the sun comes out and my boyfriend’s upstairs, and I just got that ‘wow things are okay now’ kinda feeling. Although initially the song was for him, when I listen to ‘Handle’ now it reminds me of that feeling of peace and relief I felt that day, so really I think the track is now for me more than anyone.”

The ‘Compromise’ EP has been confirmed for release on November 11th via The Orchard.

It will be produced by long-time collaborator Oli Barton-Wood (Nilüfer Yanya, Porridge Radio, Sorry). 

The EP promises to continue the contemplative nature of Payton’s previous releases.

“The last three years of my life have been one big compromise, and the songs are all about compromise in a way. I just turned 21, and I feel I’ve had to grow up quite fast,” she says of the project.

Check out ‘Handle’ here: