Kiwi pop artist and songwriter Molly Devine makes her mark this Spring with her brand new EP, RAIN IN THE RIVER
The four-track record includes the already released single‘Someone Like You’, which received love from Dunedin’s tastemaker bNet station, Radio One as well as a number of international blogs, and the new single,‘Rain’, from which this body of work takes it’s name.
Rain’sets the tone for a lush and atmospheric body of work, which came together when Dunedin-based Molly found herself in a studio in Wellington with composer and producer Nigel Stanford and producer/artist Nik Brinkman, who has worked with the likes Josie Moon and Mitch James and who has also lent his talents to projects such as Junica and Over The Atlantic.
The three of us got together one morning, it was my first official collaboration so I was nervous but it didn’t take long until we got into our flow. We all worked very differently, Nik thought it was hilarious when I brought out my hardcopy of Roget’s Thesaurus. Nigel had made his own thesaurus like an app on his computer, and Nik just used Google.That day we created EP’s opening track, ‘The Sculptor’, which is an exploration of the destructiveness of time,” explains Molly.
“I came up with the lyrics watching a young boy build a sandcastle as the tide was coming in. He was so excited when the waves rolled in and flattened it. I thought that was brilliant. After that Nigel went off designing another app, so Nik and I kept the music going.”
In Nik, Molly found a creative kindred spirit, with the pair also collaborating together on the EP’s imagery, which saw Nik also turning to one of his many other talents-photography. “I love the music videos that Nik made for Junica, so I asked if he’d help me with the artwork and he was ready and excited!”
Combined their creative forces have resulted in a soundscape of indie-pop that screams originality. “I feel a sense of curiosity and yearning when I’m listening through the EP again,” says Molly. “Nik’s production is expansive and the lyrics areso visual and colourful. I feel ready to share it.”
Molly has shared some of her weekend favourites and more with the TheWeekend.nz
What is your favourite weekend brunch place to visit?
I’m not very good at brunch, I’m usually too hungry and eat before I leave the house … but when I can I love The Otago Farmers Market, you can get the most amazing vegan crepes there!
What are your favourite weekend activities?
Nature walks for sure. I love taking my dog for a massive Sunday explore!And of course dancing.
What is your favourite part of the weekend?
Doing shows! Weekends can be a bit backwards when you’re a musician.
What is your favourite weekend night spot?
I very much enjoy Sundecks in Queenstown… yummy mocktails, great dance music, closes at 10pm…
What is your favourite weekend getaway destination you have visited?
Queenstown. I grew up in Queenstown but it’s still the most magical place in the universe in my eyes. Particularly around Glenorchy.
How did you get into the music world?
I think I might have been born here. I also have a very supportive family who allowed me to stay here which I feel very grateful for.
What is something that gave you joy this week?
I’ve felt really loved and supported this week by people I’ve worked with and my friends and whānau, so their company has brought me joy for sure.
Who inspires you?
Everything. An amazing thing about being a songwriter/artist is that you learn to find constant inspiration. Inspiration to me is just seeing things from a unique perspective, something that every human already has, so for me inspiration comes from being constantly truthful to what I see and then every person you meet is a fountain of unique and exciting ideas.
Share three of your favourite attributes of your home town with us?
I don’t know where my hometown is at the moment, but three things I love about New Zealand are the beautiful birds, our outstanding Prime Minister, and the native bush.
Is there a family tradition of your family that you would like to share with us?
I have a great family, my upbringing was very free and happy. My Dad is a businessman, my mum is a yogi, my brother is a physicist, and we have two dogs and a cat… it all just kind of works. We really don’t have any traditions, every day is a surprise! We are all very different, so I guess a tradition we have is to be OK with that and see the unity in our diversity. Just love.
It’s fantastic listening for a Sunday!