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

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.

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Photo Credit: Sarah Cresswell

Kate Crudgington

LIVE: Mesadorm – St Pancras Old Church, 14.05.18

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.

Support came from Dear Robot

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Kate Crudgington