New Zealand popster Navvy turns the ups and downs of her life, every colourful feeling, into wonderfully charming tunes. Her new EP 'The Final Pieces' is the third in a trilogy, drawing some semblance of closure to a difficult time. Across its four tracks, she reckons with the death of a friend, confusing dreams, collaborates with an ex, and tries to come to terms with sometimes needing space.
"I am so incredibly excited to have 'The Final Pieces EP' out in the world," she says. "This EP is the final chapter to its predecessors, 'The Break Up EP' and 'The No Hard Feelings EP'. It really wraps up 2019 for me, which was easily the highest highs I'd had in my life, and absolutely the lowest lows.
"I feel so lucky to be able to have this diary entry of that time, that I got to put into words with so many of my favourite people. Rory Adams, Josh Naley, Simeon Kavanagh-Vincent, Thomas Stoneman, and Startsmith really let me be my most authentic self, and I think it shows in the work. I'm super proud that we covered so many different emotions - total grief, heartbreak, exhaustion, realising that I can't be there for everyone all the time. I love this EP so much, and for me it feels like a big hug - I hope other people can find healing in it too."
Give it a listen below, and have Navvy run you through it track by track.
I LEARNED TO LOSE A FRIEND SO YOUNG
This song is absolutely the song I am the most proud of writing. I lost one of my very favourite people towards the end of 2019, and it just threw me for a loop. I wrote this song with two of my best friends - Josh Naley and Simeon Kavanagh-Vincent, and it was really important for us to go through this process together, talking about what grief meant and what it looked like to us.
This song is also a moment for realisation, but more realising that it is ok to be ok again after being so broken from a relationship. I think it also is my moment to brag that I'm doing really well after being left so suddenly. Rory Adams, Starsmith and I just had such a blast dancing around the room out of our chairs; it was a really cathartic song to write.
This song is something I am really super excited about. Thomas Stoneman and I wrote this song a while ago, and it was just so much fun to write. It's about realising I can't be there for everybody, and sometimes, I need to ask people to give me space. I am just such a helper at heart, so that is a really hard thing for me to do. We wrote it at my bach with no real recording equipment and a bag of lolly snakes on hand, and me and by best friends just yelled into the mic 'YOU NEED HELP FROM SOMEBODY ELSE'. A very fond memory.
RUNNING IN MY SLEEP
This was one of the very first electronic songs I wrote a while ago, and I just love it with so much of my being. I wrote this one with Thomas Stoneman too, and there is something so cool about writing with a best friend. I remember going into the room and complaining about the dreams I'd been having about running, because I am not a runner at all. We wrote a whole song about it, that kind of ended up as a lullaby. My favourite part is the outro.
Simeon Kavanagh-Vincent played the slide guitar, and also the live cello played by Jono Croucher throughout the song.
Navvy's 'The Final Pieces' EP is out now.