Drawing inspiration from the beautiful flower, emerging producer and singer-songwriter Devan shares her perspective about feeling under-appreciated in a relationship with “Orchid.” Known as a low maintenance and resilient flower, Devan chronicles her song like the constant death and rebirth of an orchid’s life cycle. The tune is a powerful start to her new EP Liquid Sunshine, a phrase her father would use to describe rainy days to Devan as a child.
Exuding with her evocative and compelling vocals, “Orchid” is an intriguing combination of electronic textures and emotional songwriting. The production channels moments of solace through delicate and simple instrumentation but also switches up at the choruses into a powerful and driving beat that effortlessly describes Devan’s ever-changing sonic landscape. This tune is just one example of how she plays with perspective within the EP. In regards to this latest work, Devan shares:
“Listening now, I’m really proud of these songs because they’re very honest and true to me. They really feel like me. I felt so much more confident in the process of picking sounds and choosing lyrics and editing lyrics to make them sound like how I would actually say them. I could refine them in a way that I wasn’t able to before, because I didn’t have the perspective or clarity of myself. They feel very authentic to me right now, which was a hard place to arrive at, so I’m proud of that.”
Born in Toronto, Devan and her family moved to London when she was three-years-old. Surrounded by a variety of music and performing arts, the cultural scene in England shaped her aesthetic at a young age. She’s a member of the band Wild Rivers and has grown accustomed to life on the road, where she found it easy to brush things aside. Due to that, Devan started making more time for reflection by journaling, which has helped shape a whole other side to her writing. When it comes to inspiration, she looks to modern stars like Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean, and Dominic Fike, as well as influential performers such as Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, and John Mayer. Despite their different musical styles, she considers all of them to be “songwriters at their core, who are able to dress up their songs in lots of different ways and still have them feel authentic.”