After coming of age in London in 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. 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.