Mesadorm Release New Single 'The Joy It Joins Us Up'
Recorded live with a simple piano and vocal arrangement in a church in Eype, Dorset, where PJ Harvey recorded 'Let England Shake', the song is written for front-woman Blythe Pepino’s ex-partner:
"Tom and I sat in the bath and decided to cry and laugh and remember all the incredible moments we had shared together. Though we had allowed change to happen gradually, the time had come to say goodbye to our romance. The ‘smiles in the movement' are his smiles and the smiles of our old and new loves. A stupendously beautiful connection and understanding between us all. Tom taught me how to love, how to trust, and this is my way of saying he is carved into the very fabric of me.”
This single is taken from new album ‘Epicadus’, to be released on Babylegs Records on 12th April 2019, where the band re-imagine songs from ‘Heterogaster’ and new compositions using purely timbres from acoustic instruments in the amazing natural acoustic of Eype Church.
You may already have heard Blythe Pepino’s voice. By the end of 2016, she had released her major label debut as frontwoman of Vaults, sung on that year’s John Lewis Christmas ad and toured with London Grammar. Not one to compromise her artistic vision, in early 2017 she turned her back on the major label existence to pursue her penchant for the strange and leftfield with new band, Mesadorm. A band of experienced musicians, the quintet includes sought-after session players Daisy Palmer (Goldfrapp, Paloma Faith, Rae Morris) and Jo Silverston (Frank Turner, The Unthanks, The Magnetic North).
Moving back to Pepino’s roots as a leftfield genre-bending songwriter, Mesadorm draws influence from contemporary electronic passions like Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso, as well as from great female songwriters Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. Their writing sits somewhere between the domestic observation of Suzanne Vega and the powerful, elemental other-worldliness of Bjork. Throughout ‘Heterogaster’ (Babylegs Records, May 2018) listeners will find Pepino in happy harmony with producer Aaron Zahl, fleshing out her mellifluous world with stark electronic soundscapes. Palmer (Drums), Silverston (Cello) and Johnston (Bass) then add their specialised touch, resulting in a truly original sound. Musically, Mesadorm have a deep and assured connection that is surely apparent within ‘Heterogaster’, their extraordinary live performances, and in the beautiful upcoming acoustic offering, ‘Epicadus’.