Devan has been pursuing a music career since she was a kid; the brazen 10-year-old dropped off a homemade demo – to no avail – at the iconic Olympic Studio. Now in 2021, the Toronto-born/London-raised singer-songwriter is gearing up to release her debut solo project, an EP titled Pink Noise, which will debut on February 26th. Leaning into her wildly diverse music influences, thanks to her transatlantic childhood, Devan has set out to create an honest introduction of who she is as an artist and a producer, using a voice that is uniquely hers.
“Pink Noise is about insecurity, but it’s also about being able to breathe out and feel a sense of relief towards my revelation that my reality is formed by my own perceptions,” explains Devan, committed to remaining honest as she reflects on the uncertainty that comes with navigating your 20s.
While distinct, Devan’s voice may sound familiar. She has spent the last 6 years honing her talents as a songwriter and live performer with Wild Rivers, the folk-pop band that she co-found and co-fronts, boasts over 140 million global streams and sells out venues across North America. Devan’s solo project has been percolating since the moment she hit ‘record’ on her first homemade demo, and all these years later, she remains equally as brazen and ready to share her songs.
“Night Drives” is the latest single from her forthcoming EP. It captures the feeling of driving around aimlessly at night with someone you love, chatting, listening to music, and feeling free. It has a mesmerizing and soothing instrumental, one that makes you want to sway with its airy bassline carried by shaky synths. It’s bouncy at times and elongated at other times, with other electronic elements that swing in and out.
For most of the song, Devan keeps a very sweet and casual tone in her vocals as she sings about finding a delightful comfort with her love. As they pass underneath the city lights, losing track of time and space, she forgets about any worries or doubts she has to enjoy the feeling of freedom of the moment. Even with her whole life laid out in front of her, she feels no rush to know anything or make any decisions. Then towards the end of the song, her lyrics are layered over angelic vocalizations as she muses about night drives. She dives into the chorus one last time to draw the track to an end.