Formed in Bristol in 2015 by five longstanding friends, Mesadorm is the new collaborative project of Blythe Pepino formerly of London Art Pop trio, Vaults. Each member of Mesadorm is a high calibre performer and writer, bringing an array of musical concepts and timbres to the emotional landscape of Pepino’s lyrics.
After a few years testing the mainstream stage with a major record deal, Pepino has moved back to her roots as a leftfield rock and electronica songwriter. As well as drawing influence from contemporary electronic passions like Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso, the songwriting also draws from late 60s and early 70s folk and popular music such as the song-smithery of Carole King, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.
In Mesadorm’s debut album Heterogaster listeners will find songwriter and lyricist Pepino in happy harmony with producer Aaron Zahl, fleshing out her musical world with his electronic soundscapes. Each musician then adds his or her unique musical touch to every song, resulting in a truly special and original sound. Having known each other since they were teenagers and weathered various phases of life and musical outfits, Zahl, Pepino, Palmer, Johnston and Silverston have a unique connection that plays out in their music with depth and absurdness. Their writing sits somewhere between the domestic observation of Suzanne Vega and the powerful, elemental other-worldliness of Björk.
'Melodies that originate in the left field, 'Tell Me' has a warmth that can't be imitated; soothing, genuine, and perplexing, it's a real jewel'
Clash (Robin Murray), November 2017
'Mesadorm's songs have the broad cinematic sweep of Portishead, the dark undertones of Massive Attack, and the maverick abstract pop art of Kate Bush at her best'
New Roots Events, February 2017
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