“It’s her ability to dissect difficult emotions with deft lyricism, and turn romantic traumas into triumphant anthems”
– THE FORTY FIVE
“Navvy is ready to claim this year as her own”
“Over the last 18 months, it’s become apparent that there’s something incredibly special in New Zealand-based musician NAVVY”
“All sorts of electro-pop bliss”
New-Zealand pop talent Navvy unveils the video for single Somebody Else, the track is taken from Navvy’s recently released EP ‘The Final Pieces.’
“The Somebody Else video was an absolute joy to make. I have been so lucky to work with so many amazing creatives in the past, and it was so cool to continue that trend. This was the first time I worked with a female director – Frances Carter – and the energy was just so fantastic,” gushes Navvy. “We also had amazing, smart, beautiful models in this video, and for most of them it was their music video debut. I might be biased, but I think they all were wonderful. I am so excited about the finished video too – it shows the inside of my brain in a way I did not know was possible! A lot of the shots were just me messing around not even knowing Frances was filming (she’s great like that), and I think the candidness really comes out when you watch it. I LOVE THIS VIDEO!!!”
Atwood Magazine declare, “The video exemplifies the joyful salvation that comes with un-encumbering yourself from the grip of something that’s hampering your happiness. Serving as a reflection of Navvy’s charming and infectiously jubilant personality, the video interweaves Navvy’s performance with artistically intriguing imagery.”
‘The Final Pieces’ EP, brings the story to some sort of conclusion, with Navvy reframing the previous year’s difficulties in a remarkably philosophical manner. “It was a messed up time in my life,” she acknowledges, “but now I simply feel lucky to have loved so hard that losing it felt so horrible.” The sounds are complemented by videos, artwork and a fully-formed visual identity all of which, just like the music, comes from the mind of this thoroughly hands-on, fiercely independent new artist.
The new EP sees some serious self reflection from Navvy, take focus single, Somebody Else, a song she wrote with Thomas Stoneman about realising you can’t be there for everybody all the time and sometimes you just need to ask for space. As a self proclaimed “helper at heart” this realisation was a really hard thing. The track was recorded with no real equipment, just a bag of lolly snakes and a host of friends on hand to scream, “YOU NEED HELP FROM SOMEBODY ELSE” into the mic.
‘The Final Pieces’ EP even includes a song she and her ex recently wrote together, though this union occurred through sad circumstances. Near the end of 2019 one of Phoebe’s oldest friends died in a freak accident, and if the song Navvy wrote about that loss, I Learned To Lose A Friend So Young, sounds raw, that’s with good reason: she wrote it a week after the accident in a state she accepts was “overwhelmed with grief”. Writing the song with Wells* and her ex-boyfriend, who’d also been close to Navvy’s departed friend, provided some catharsis. “I said: ‘Let’s all write about it and see if it makes us feel better’,” she recalls. “It did.” It was the first time they’d ever written a song together, so as well as resulting in an incredibly powerful tribute to their friend, the collaboration provided a point of closure on the story that has run through each of Navvy’s EPs.
Other tracks on the EP include previously released Pieces, a song about being ok to be ok again after being so broken from a relationship. Running In My Sleep, also written with Thomas Stoneman is about the dreams Navvy had been having about running, even though she’s not a runner at all… the pair wrote a whole song about it that ended up as a lullaby.
‘The Final Pieces’ EP is the last chapter in a story that spans twelve months in which Navvy has become a whole new person. “The confidence I had a year ago is different to the confidence I have now,” she recognises. “To begin with I knew I had no choice but to try and figure out my life as I went along. Now I know I can do that. I know more about who I am, and who I want to be.”
Navvy’s instinctive grasp of what makes pop great is even more impressive when you remember that six years ago, when opera was still her jam, she barely even acknowledged pop’s existence. “I love it,” she grins. “I mean, I’m excitable enough anyway, but at the end of each session I’m always like: ‘YOU GUYS! We just made a song! It didn’t exist ten hours ago and now it does!’ It freaks me out. It’s so cool!” She composes herself, briefly. “It’s genuine magic, though, right? I feel like a wizard.”
‘THE FINAL PIECES EP‘ – OUT NOW
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