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.

All 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, her soulful voice ringing out with strength and grace.

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 channelled 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, patient manner. The tentative ‘Tell Me’ and ‘Drink You’  contrasted beautifully next to the chaotic and brilliant single ‘Yours and Not Yours’. The jagged synths, dreamy interlude and cathartic outro were complimented by the stunning use of strobes and heavily-coloured light, making this track the highlight of their performance.

Whether they’re performing intricate electronic ballads, or stunning their fans with singles like ‘Yours and Not Yours’, one thing about Mesadorm and their debut album is is clear: their musical skills are anything but deceptive.

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Kate Crudgington

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

An urgent exploration of insecurity and doubt, London-based collaborative project Mesadorm have shared their latest single ‘Yours and Not Yours’. Released via Babylegs Records earlier this month, the track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Heterogaster, which will be released in Spring 2018.

Formed in 2015 by a group of long term friends, Mesadorm are a combination of each band 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.

‘Yours and Not Yours’ is an amalgamation of each band member’s talent, collectively exploring an intense sense of doubt, ricocheting between security and unease with the help of an abrasive synth line and urgent, rich vocals.

“’YANY’ is a purging song for me,” vocalist & songwriter Blythe Pepino explains about the track.”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.”

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