Mesadorm‘s loyal congregation formed in St Pancras Old Church last night to witness the band’s captivating performance of songs from their debut album, Heterogaster. Formed in Bristol in 2015, the collective have dedicated themselves to the task of creating beautiful “left-field electronica”, which kept their fans spellbound from start to finish.
Adorned in fluorescent blue eye make-up, the band were bathed in atmospheric light for the duration of their performance. Front-woman Blythe Pepino (formerly of Vaults) stood tall in her smart blue suit, as her voice rang out in soulful, strong style during ‘Speak To Me’, and her surrounding band members performed with enviable skill and precision.
Blythe explained the album’s title-song ‘Heterogaster’ was taken from the name of a species of spider whose appearance resembles the petals of an orchid. With this image in mind, the band channeled their music in to exploring themes of deception and illusion, both internally and externally. She happily explained the meaning behind tracks like ‘Colour and Sound’ and ‘Alice’, and clearly took pride in revealing that ‘Easy’ had been recommended by BBC Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne earlier in the day.
The set flowed in an assured, yet patient manner, with ‘Tell Me’ and ‘Drink You’ ringing out in tentative style, before the chaotic and brilliant single ‘Yours and Not Yours’ burst through and altered the atmosphere. The jagged synths, dreamy interlude, and cathartic outro were complimented by the stunning use of strobes and heavily-coloured light: easily making this track the highlight of their performance.
Whether they’re performing various intricate electronic ballads, or stunning fans with singles like ‘Yours and Not Yours’, one thing about Mesadorm is clear: their musical skill is anything but deceptive.
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