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Molly Devine - Single Review: Wanderer

24 Sep 2020 // A review by Madeleine Howard
Following on from her previous single Call Me Up, Dunedin artist Molly Devine returns with her new single Wanderer.


A stark contrast from her previous release, Call Me Up was an uplifting, toe tapping pop track, whereas Wanderer is a mystical pop ballad, set over a dreamy soundscape. Devine explains the track is about the "magnetism she feels towards simplicity and easefulness."

Previously working with New Zealand Producers such as Nik Brinkman, Nigel Stanford and Will Henderson, Devine made the most of her time in isolation by writing and producing music on her own. During lock down, Devine and her friend Jayendra Birchall, a classical guitarist based in Melbourne, set up a jam session with people from all over the world via software Ninjam. This sparked the inspiration for Wanderer, and Devine sent through the track to Birchall. He then created the beautiful guitar part that carries the track.

The track begins with a pretty, delicate piano line that leads us into Devine’s smooth, velvety vocals. The intricate acoustic guitar then comes in during the second line of the first verse, building up the song nicely. Devine’s vocal delivery in this first verse is gentle and soothing, and the chorus is calming and peaceful. We are treated to a beautiful instrumental featuring the guitar in the bridge, before leading into a final chorus with Devine’s layered vocals leading the way to a hopeful conclusion. Lack of percussion makes the melodies ebb and flow in this dreamy soundscape. The overall effect is comforting, and the song feels like coming home to a warm hug after a long day.

Wanderer is a simple yet beautifully written track, and an interesting change from Devine’s previous more upbeat songs. Expect to see further singles released this year from this talented artist.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

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