I hope y’all remember Paige.
I’ve featured her several times here on the blog. She’s been one of my favourite musicians since I first discovered her in 2018, and she’s just gone from strength to strength. Opening for Ruel in New Zealand, releasing a number of successful singles, and now an EP.
Way back in 2018, I interviewed the New Zealand singer/songwriter, and spoke about her latest music as well as her plans for the future. One of the tracks she was super excited for was a song called Waves, the music video for which, dropped very recently.
You can watch it below!
Paige released her debut EP, Always Growing on the 31st of July, and since then, it’s been on repeat.
The seven-track EP includes a mix of those previously released singles I mentioned earlier, as well as some tasty new tracks to sink your teeth into, starting off with the opening track, Cold Blooded, a bass heavy groove that Paige released earlier in 2020.
I think Hit n Run, the second track on the album, may be one of my favourites. It’s got such a good mix of sounds and blends, from the backing vocals, the acoustic guitar, a hard hitting drum beat and Paige’s strong voice pulling everything all together. Super catchy. Big vibes, big vibes.
A handful of singles make up the next few songs on the tracklist, all of which are beautifully nostalgic bangers, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Too Much to H8, my personal favourite Waves, another favourite of mine, Bloom, Yellow and then final track Make Room.
Make Room is a new freshie, and I love how gently anthemic it is. It builds and grows beautifully, and it’s a song I’ve found myself going back. I also think it’s one of the best songs on the album in terms of showing off just how subtle and strong Paige’s voice and songwriting is combined. Such a delicate song lyrically, but such a confident delivery. I love everything about this song.
To be fair, I love everything about the entire EP. There’s just something so authentic and raw about it, but it’s still so polished and well crafted. From the variety of the songs, to how consistently impressive the songwriting is on every track, Paige has more than delivered on her debut EP, and what a way to kick off what’s sure to be an amazing career.