Molly Payton

London Calling 2021, Saturday


New Zealander Molly Payton had always wanted music to be her main pursuit in life but it wasn’t until she moved to London at 16 that that dream started to become reality. Her debut EP ‘Mess’ (April 2020) made her rich, powerful voice and open, attention-grabbing way with words impossible to ignore, mining vulnerable melancholy from influences like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Now 19, her tastes have changed and that’s reflected in her latest music – her second EP, ‘Porcupine’, due out in October.

Her music also caught the ears of fellow artists, including Arlo Parks, who chose Payton to appear alongside her takeover of Spotify’s ‘Our Generation’ playlist, commenting of Payton’s music “there was just this sense of rawness and earnestness that really reminded me of things that I’ve lived myself.”