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Molly Payton releases new single ‘Handle’

London-based, New Zealand-raised Molly Payton shares her new single ‘Handle’, the latest look at her forthcoming EP Compromise, now confirmed for release on November 11 via The Orchard.

‘Handle’ is Payton’s second single of 2022, and follows her earlier offering ‘Do It All The Same’ as well a recent stretch supporting Beabadoobee last month through Australia and New Zealand.

“I love the trouble and the things it’s brewed,” Payton sings on the atmospheric ‘Handle’ as uneasy hums of string erupt into a soaring chorus; “What is love without something to lose?” On the track’s origins, she reflects; “I wrote ‘Handle’ last year in early winter. We couldn’t afford an airbnb so we were staying at my manager’s mother in law’s house in Greenwich, pet sitting her Tortoise. I moved to London at 16, and for the first few years I was in such a rush to experience everything that I ended up burning out a bit. Then I experienced a huge loss which upended my life and led to me moving home to New Zealand. I really felt a bit like I was never going to be okay again, and even after moving back to London I struggled for a long time. Two years on, I’m sitting in this garden in Greenwich and the sun comes out and my boyfriend’s upstairs, and I just got that ‘wow things are okay now’ kinda feeling. Although initially the song was for him, when I listen to ‘Handle’ now it reminds me of that feeling of peace and relief I felt that day, so really I think the track is now for me more than anyone.”


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