PREMIERE: Mesadorm – ‘When She’s in That Mood’

A gentle, evocative, charming listen; Mesadorm have shared their new single ‘When She’s in That Mood’ ahead of its official release via Babylegs Records on 29th March. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming acoustic album Epicadus, which will be released on 19th April.

The new LP was recorded live in Eype Church, Bridport, where PJ Harvey recorded Let England Shake. It features re-imagined songs from the band’s 2018 album Heterogaster and new compositions arranged for acoustic instruments.

Frontwoman Blythe was inspired to write ‘When She’s in That Mood’ after leaving her previous band Vaults in 2017. The song’s composition prompted her to think of a particular musical moment in Michael Nyman’s piece ‘The Mood That Passes Through You’ – written for Jane Campion’s award-winning 1993 film, The Piano.

Speaking about the track, Blythe explains: “After a few transcendental days holed up overlooking the Dorset coast and walking seaweed beaches in February 2017, my then boyfriend Tom jammed some chords on his guitar and I sang some lyrics I’d penned about my experience there. I later translated his guitar chords to my piano to develop it into a more complete accompaniment part…”

“The New Zealand coastline and atmosphere in that heady film, the Dorset coastline and the East Anglian coastline of my upbringing fused together in my mind as I wrote about the paradox of ‘choosing’ to evaporate the self in sex and love. I also reference a good friend of mine who inspired me with her spirit of surrender in this way – she, my muse, is dancing while I sing”

Blythe’s perceptive storytelling and Mesadorm’s collective musical precision as a whole are wonderfully demonstrated on ‘When She’s in That Mood’. Listen to the new track below, and make sure you catch the band on tour in April & May (tickets are available here).

 

Mesadorm Epicadus Acoustic Tour 2019
24th April – The Forge, Bristol
25th April – The Barrelhouse, Totnes
26th April – The Rose Hill, Brighton
27th April – St Mary’s Music Hall, London
28th April – Cobalt Studios, Newcastle
29th April – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
30th April – Secret Location , Edinburgh
1st May – Burton Arms, Manchester
11th May – Rodborough Church, Stroud
25th May – Kino, St Leonards, Hastings
26th May – Poltimore Festival, Exeter

Photo Credit: Sarah Cresswell

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: Mesadorm – ‘The Joy It Joins Us Up’

Understated visuals and assured yet patient vocals blend together on Mesadorm‘s new video for ‘The Joy It Joins Us Up’. The band have shared the footage – which is taken from a longer piece of documentary film about the group – which was shot and directed by collaborator Tom Jacob at a live show in Eype Church.

Formed in Bristol in 2015, Mesadorm create beautiful left-field electronica, and this latest release is another shining example of their work. The band shared their debut album Heterogaster last year via Babylegs Records, and have been busy touring the UK since the release.

The visuals for their new single show front-woman Blythe Pepino (formerly of Vaults) standing tall in her smart blue suit, with the camera fixed on her for the duration of the track. Watch the footage for ‘The Joy It Joins Us Up’ below, and keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming documentary about the band which is set for release later this year.

Follow Mesadorm on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Sarah Cresswell

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Mesadorm – ‘Yours And Not Yours’

Released via Babylegs Records earlier this month, ‘Yours And Not Yours’ is the sublime new single from collaborative project Mesadorm. Formed in 2015 between 5 long term friends, the band is a combination of each member’s musical and artistic influences. Every individual is a performer in their own right: having written and/or recorded with such artists as Goldfrapp, MIKA, Paloma Faith, Rae Morris, The Magnetic North, John Metcalfe, The Unthanks, Hannah Peel and Frank Turner.

New single ‘Yours And Not Yours’ is taken from Mesadorm’s forthcoming album Heterogaster, which will be released in Spring 2018. It’s a track that explores an intense sense of doubt both internally and externally – ricocheting between security and unease with the help of a dirty synth line and urgent, rich vocals.

Speaking of the track, Blythe Pepino (singer/songwriter) said:

“’YANY’ is a purging song for me. It has something of the moment when self-doubt and doubt in everything around us collides. A special kind of doubt I think us ‘beneficiaries’ of the Western Capitalist model are now experiencing. The kind where, perhaps at a certain destabilising point in your life, the kind faces of friends and family and lovers melt into the smiles of the adverts forced upon you for addictive crap you don’t need. It has something of the taste of looking for home when everything you’ve been grown to enjoy carries the smell of burnt flesh and deceit. After that you must learn to look for what joy really is to you because the potential to fill yourself up with the other stuff is very real and very easy and all the while someone else is dying for your comfort on the TV screen.”

We’re enthralled by Blythe’s words and Mesadorm’s intense sounds. Listen to ‘Yours And Not Yours’ below, and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Mesadorm are: Blythe Pepino (Vox/Keys), Aaron Zahl (Guitars/Production), Daisy Palmer (Drums/Bvs), David Johnston (Bass/Bvs), Jo Silverston (Cello/Bvs).

Photo Credit: Sarah Cresswell

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut