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It should perhaps come as no surprise that L Devine has emerged as a fully-fledged pop star; anyone who witnessed her early incarnations (previously known as Olivia Devine) will have seen her star potential. Warner Records certainly did, and the Whitley Bay-born songwriter was snapped up and whisked away to the big leagues, re-emerging as an alt. pop anti-hero who has been hailed as “the motherfucking future of pop” by Charli XCX.

This month she releases her EP Near Life Experience: Part 1, and it’s a masterclass in bold alt. pop; with tracks rarely topping three minutes, Devine’s honest, often storytelling-style lyrics are at the forefront of a release which sparkles with polish while also managing to be delightfully edgy.

The sparse instrumentation of Priorities brings to mind Janelle Monáe’s sonic experimentation; Off The Grid demonstrates an intriguing line between R’n’B and doomy pop; and Be In Her Bedroom is a multi-faceted and honest tale of admiration; while the glacial percussion on recent single Don’t Say It contributes to an alt. pop banger of epic proportions.

With tracks like the funk-fuelled Naked Alone and the electro bop of new single Girls Like Sex, Devine takes a thrillingly assertive position on sexuality. “For me, this song is about reclaiming my sexuality and flipping the tired old narrative that sex is for men and feelings are for women on its head. I want the song to empower women having casual sex.” She says of the track.

L Devine releases Near Life Experience: Part 1 on 23rd July


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