Do Our Modern Lives Affect our Creativity?

Words by Holly Royle

In a world of continuous social media notifications, busy deadlines and stress, has our ability to be creative been affected?

We have the world at our fingertips thanks to the development in mobile phones. We are able to contact other people instantly regardless of the locations and circumstances that may separate the speaker and the recipient. Not only this, we are continuously bombarded with emails and notifications from retailers, eateries, businesses, spammers – all trying to grab our attention and causing significant distractions.

Completing any task whether it be work, studies or a hobby, can take five times longer when your phone ‘dings’ every thirty seconds. So, how does one obtain time, with no interruptions, to indulge in their creativity? One, rather simple, answer is turn off said phone. However, that is not always possible or desired. And even then, there are other devices in the vicinity that like to go ‘ding’ too. Ultimately, it depends on the individual. Often you can become so involved and so excited with your creativity that all distractions fade into the background as you have a solid focus. Other times, if the task feels like more of a chore than of enjoyment, distraction is somewhat inevitable.

As annoying as a phone may be, the ability to access the world has some benefits to creativity. There are countless YouTube video tutorials on pretty much every form of creativity going. Be it literature, sewing, music, singing, dancing, painting you can teach yourself pretty much anything. Stuck for inspiration? Writer’s block? Well there’s another million and one videos for that too. And look at all the artists on Instagram, musicians on YouTube etc. There is inspiration everywhere. That’s great right? Well sort of. One question that occurs is, if it is so easy to obtain inspiration through the screen of our phones, do we obtain the same inspiration as when we go about our daily lives? Or, do we miss things because it is so much easier to search online? Once again, I think this depends very heavily on the individual and where their interests lie.

Technology isn’t going anywhere, whether it helps or not is debatable. Either way, the fast-paced world we live in has changed our accessibility to creativity, broadened the boundaries of creative influences and formed platforms on which to showcase our own creativity.

Molly’s Lips – A Review

Words by Joshua Cialis. Picture by Molly’s Lips

Back in April I was contacted by Phil, from Molly’s Lips, asking if I could have a listen to his new EP. It did not disappoint so here is what I think of Molly’s Lips II:

The atmospheric blend of acoustic and electronic sounds on Molly’s Lips’ new EP manage somehow to take the listener to somewhere between late night musings and mid-summer evenings in the garden. Molly’s Lips’ first release was recorded in their kitchen and printed up totally by hand. They’ve really stepped it up for this release; drafting in Joel Magill (of Syd Arthur) to record it and getting brilliant musicians such as James Gow (Knee High, Lunch Money) and Raven Bush (Syd Arthur, Kate Tempest, The Gaslamp Killer) to play on the EP. The eclectic mix of collaborators shines through on this release making it an EP to go listen to.

Molly’s Lips is made up of some of my favourite musicians: Billy Glinn and Phil Self of Cocos Lovers, The Hellfire Orchestra and, Will Varley. Knowing each of their past works I was expecting a gutsy folk-rock album. What I heard coming through my speakers was a surprise; the thought provoking harmonies and poetic lyricism of this album are emotional and full of feeling. Mixed with the atmospheric addition of reed organs, synths and live electronics the listener can expect to get hit hard by the emotional punch of these songs.

Although the instrumentation of this experimental folk album is sublime, it is the lyrics that really hit the mark. Some of the best lines come from ‘Hornet Man’ – in my eyes the best song on this EP. ‘I’m confident not drinking tonight / there’s a drink in the hand of every poet by my side’. This couplet perfectly sums up a scene, with that superb half-rhyme summing up the feeling. The whole EP goes on with its emotional journey through pastoral scenes and contemporary sounds making this an album to lay back and listen to.

 

The EP is released on 16th June 2018 and can be bought online at https://mollyslips.bandcamp.com/album/mollys-lips-ii