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Molly Devine - Single Review: Shades of Blue

30 Jun 2022 // A review by Danica Bryant

Molly Devine’s sweeping waiata Shades of Blue, created in collaboration with guitarist James Bulter, is an emotive piano-led ballad carried by her strong, deep vocal. Like previous release Because I Love You, Shades of Blue takes Devine away from her earlier dance-pop works into experimental territory. She is mesmerising, moody, and at one with her higher self.

From the sonic direction and singing alone, the song’s meaning as an ode to wairua, the spirit and soul, becomes clear. Although her pronunciation mystifies some lyrics, Devine’s passion for the topic is undeniable. Spacious electric guitars and skittering percussion fill out the track. It’s all about building a soundscape. With just enough repetition, dynamics and detailed instrumentation, Devine does exactly that, crafting an atmospheric ambience that pulls you out of your own reality completely and into hers.

The carefully constructed music video follows Devine through a luscious forest, exploring stunning freshwater rivers and moss-covered rocks. She dances through the woodlands as she dances through the song’s dreamy melodies. It’s a beautiful display of Aotearoa’s environment, paired well to her powerful singing. Learning the clip was directed by her parents in the final credits makes it all the more moving.

With Shades of Blue, Molly Devine continues to establish herself as an artist for another universe. Close your eyes and allow yourself to exist in the world she has crafted, to appreciate this unique new release.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

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