Devan is a London-raised singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her “Feel Better” single.
Devan – “Feel Better” music video
“Lately, you’ve been staying up all night. Running from a feeling, not gonna win this fight. Staring through the TV, but you don’t wanna talk about it. No, you just wanna leave it. And even if I can’t understand, I just wanna make you feel better even though I know that there’s nothing to say. You don’t have to hold it together. Ride it out beside you like we’re catching a wave. And if it takes some time to feel alright, I won’t be going anywhere ‘cause I just wanna make you feel better.” – lyrics
‘Feel Better’ is about someone close to you going through a tough time. With mental health struggles like anxiety and depression, sometimes there’s nothing you can do to help the situation, even though you so badly wish you could. This song came out of that feeling of helplessness and is Devan’s way of saying I’m here for you even if I can’t fix this. Also, “Feel Better” examines the view of her parents as an adult, understanding that we all have battles to face.
‘Feel Better’ contains a relatable narrative and ear-pleasing vocals. The melancholic tune possesses lush instrumentation flavored with contemporary and indie-pop elements. Furthermore, “Feel Better” serves as a tasty entrée to what listeners can expect to hear on Devan’s forthcoming EP, “Liquid Sunshine,” set to be released on October 15, 2021. The project came out of Devan digging up experiences from years ago. Also, the EP was executive produced by Devan and Toronto-based Jack Emblem (Daniel Caesar, Diddy, Johnny Orlando).
“If we turned the tables ‘round, you’d tell me I’ll be alright.”
“For me, the last year has been a big reflective time and an opportunity to look inward, and to deal with some emotions in a way I hadn’t been doing. These songs came out of me digging up a lot of experiences from years ago, and I think writing these songs has been very healing and self-actualizing.” – Devan explained
Devan stepped into this reflective moment by confronting the complications of her past while wholeheartedly embracing the sounds that feel authentic to her. Returning with music, written and recorded during the pandemic, Devan is revealing more of herself than she’s done on any other project.
Nuanced yet compelling, her evocative vocals remain a constant throughout her work, yet that’s merely one part of her musical vision. As an emerging producer, her intriguing electronic textures elevate the emotions in her songwriting – and that ever-changing sonic landscape is central to her overall artistry. That’s especially clear in her brand new music, with much more to come.
“Listening now, I’m really proud of these songs because they’re very honest and true to me. They really feel like me. I felt so much more confident in the process of picking sounds and choosing lyrics and editing lyrics to make them sound like how I would actually say them. I could refine them in a way that I wasn’t able to before because I didn’t have the perspective or clarity of myself. They feel very authentic to me right now, which was a hard place to arrive at, so I’m proud of that.” – Devan explained
Devan has discovered she’s living in the present, no longer dwelling on how things used to be. For inspiration, she looks to modern stars like Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean, and Dominic Fike, as well as influential performers such as Fleetwood Mac, Coldplay, and John Mayer. Despite their different musical styles, she considers all of them to be “songwriters at their core, who are able to dress up their songs in lots of different ways and still have them feel authentic.”
“Genres can be limiting because it’s easy to get hung up on ‘What does this sound like?’ or ‘Where does this fit in?’ I’ve been trying not to think in that framework. I try to use what hits me emotionally and feels authentic as my compass to determine which songs I write are right for my project. It’s nice that genres are blending a lot more these days because it feels liberating.” – Devan explained
“Feel Better” single
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