Molly Payton releases new mini-album ‘Slack’

October 1 2021


Photo by Lewis Vorn

“One of my favourite new artists”
Arlo Parks

“Modern rock anthems…’Porcupine’ is a breakthrough moment”
Pigeons & Planes

“Her songs are rich, accomplished and instantly relatable”

“deliciously angst-fuelled…with a beast of a chorus”

Today, Molly Payton releases her new mini-album Slack via The Orchard. The eight-track release includes previous singles ‘Honey’, ‘You Cut Me So Much Slack’, ‘When Skies Were Always Blue’ and latest song January Summers’. LISTEN TO SLACK HERE

The London-based 20-year-old has recently returned from a long stint in her homeland of New Zealand, where she created Slack remotely with her frequent collaborator Oli Barton-Wood (Nilüfer YanyaPorridge Radio, Sorry), as well as Grammy-award, winning producer Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse) and British songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich. As well as spending time with the friends and places she left aged 16, returning home also fuelled her resolution to reconnect with the memories and tribulations of her past and process them through her songwriting. Revolving around the adage of looking back in order to move forward, she describes her coming output as “honest, reflective and hopeful”. 

On the recording process, she comments; “Slack is a collection of songs from 2019-2021, about growing up and self-reflection and the things you learn from losing someone. Because of the pandemic, I went back to New Zealand for 8 months at the beginning of this year and ended up having to record the mini-album working remotely with Oli Barton Wood producing from London. We did four or five days where I’d go in with my friend Reuben Scott (who did the drums, bass, and lead guitar) and we’d record from 10am-8pm and then Oli would wake up at 6 or 7am London time (6/7pm for us) and listen to what we’d done and then work on the songs while we slept. It actually ended up being a really productive way of working because we were doing almost 24 hour days between us. It was intimidating approaching recording songs that I wrote years apart from each other, but as most of  them revolve around similar themes of loss and growth it ended up being the most connected and meaningful project I’ve worked on to date.

Slack follows Molly’s breakout EP Porcupine, released to wide critical acclaim, including Pigeons & Planes, Dork, The Line of Best Fit, Steve Lamacq at 6Music and Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1. It also caught the ears of fellow artists, including Arlo Parks, who chose Molly to appear alongside her takeover of Spotify’s ‘Our Generation’ playlist, commenting of Molly’s music “there was just this sense of rawness and earnestness that really reminded me of things that I’ve lived myself.”  Praised for her evocative lyricism and evolved songwriting, Slack compromises none of her edge, and offers the most personal look into the workings of the young songwriter to date.

Molly is set to play upcoming festivals including Liverpool Sound CityPitchfork Music Festival Paris and Amsterdam’s London Calling, as well as joining Oscar Lang on his October UK tour. 

Slack is out now, buy/stream it here.

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Molly Payton’s first offering came in the form of her debut EP Messwhich was co-produced withOscar Lang, who she met at her new school soon after relocating to the UK at age 16. This was followed up by 2020s Porcupine, which saw her strike up a new songwriting partnership with producer Oli Barton-Wood, embracing a fuller sound, a direct reflection of her contemporary experiences in London and changing tastes. Praised for her evocative lyricism and evolved songwriting, Molly’s new singles compromise none of her edge, yet offer a more personal look into the workings of the young songwriter, and forecasts bright things as she returns to London.