London-based, New Zealand-raised Molly Payton releases her new EP Compromise, out now via The Orchard. The EP is completed by the final single ‘Ruins’, which arrives today alongside a new video, and follows previous singles ‘Handle’ and ‘Do It All The Same’. The past year has seen Payton mark a noted presence on the live scene too, having supported the likes of Arlo Parks, Oscar Lang, Tom Odell, Wallice, and most recently Beabadoobee through Australia and New Zealand. Payton also shares details of her rescheduled UK dates, which will see her headline shows in Bristol and London in April 2023, full dates below.
On ‘Ruins’, Payton releases the intensity of a personal crisis into a brilliantly upbeat indie rock offering – clarified by its driving, immediate chorus of ‘Don’t you tell me that it’s all okay / coz it don’t feel true’. On the track’s genesis, she explains; “I wrote this song during a time where my anxiety was kind of running my life. I’d had a panic attack that morning after an argument with someone and went straight into the studio and just let it all go. It’s about being frustrated and ashamed of myself for not being able to stay on top of my mental health, and with someone else for not understanding me. I wanted to capture that anger and energy and turn it into something exciting and fun.”
After coming-of-age in London from her mid teens, a huge loss led to Payton returning to New Zealand for an unexpected period. Payton chronicled this time on her 2021 mixtape Slack. Epitomised by lead-track ‘Honey’, which has amassed over one million streams to date, Slack’s thematic undercurrent saw her acknowledge the ways in which she had let her past interfere with her present. The Compromise EP continues this introspective streak, refusing to gloss over the unsettled origins from which it was raised, and titled in wry acknowledgement of the turbulence and upheaval which bonds its 4 tracks – “The last three years of my life have been one big compromise, and the songs are all about compromise in a way” Payton adds. After returning to the UK in 2021 with a new partner in tow, the promise of the honeymoon phase soon gave way to a disorientating period of sofa-surfing, house-sitting, pet-minding, air bnbs and near constant uncertainty for the pair. Racking up a staggering 20 moves in the space of 6 months, whilst trying to hold down a hospitality job and a packed touring schedule, this constant stage of flux saw Payton gripping for any semblance of certainty and routine. The urge to create however never left, and Molly turned to another steadying force in her life, longtime producer Oli Barton-Wood (Nilüfer Yanya, Porridge Radio, Sorry) to help her set the foundations for Compromise.
Praised for her evocative lyricism and evolved songwriting, and now turning heads for her captivating, elevated live shows, a bright future is forecast for Molly Payton. Driven forward by her unwavering ardency, even in the face of chaos, the 21-year-old has already earned wide critical acclaim from the likes of Pigeons & Planes, i-D, Dork, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Steve Lamacq at 6Music, BBC Radio 1 and beyond, a streak sure to continue with the release of Compromise.
Molly Payton – Live Dates
03 Dec | Melbourne, AU | The Croxton Ballroom – supporting Palace
06 Dec | Brisbane, AU | The Tivoli – supporting Palace
08 Dec | Sydney, AU | Roundhouse – supporting Palace
27 December | Taupo, NZ | Le Currents festival
31 December | Wanaka, NZ | Rhythm & Alps festival
07 January 2023 | Whitianga, NZ | Coromandel Classic
06 April | London | Folklore
07 April | Bristol | The Louisiana