Merival Shares Single & Announces Debut LP

May 18, 2019



“Poignant and oddly beautiful” – Clash

Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Merival – moniker for Anna Horvath – is today sharing the video for her bewitching new single, ‘No Brakes’ – watch below. In-line with sharing new music, Merival is announcing details of her debut album, ‘Lesson’, which is due for release in the UK on August 2, 2019.  Following on from her debut EP, ‘Lovers’ and a smattering of recent singles, ‘No Brakes’ – the video of which was shot by director, Max Parr at his apartment in Toronto – sits as Horvath’s first formal step forward in the UK of 2019.

Sonically rubbing shoulders with the likes of Adrianne Lenker, Marissa Nadler and Haley Heynderickx, ‘No Brakes’, which comes produced by Sam Gleason (Charlotte Cornfield, Omhouse), finds Merival seamlessly coalescing her penchant for still, serene vocals with swooning, carousel-like rhythms and melodies. Speaking about the video, Anna says: “The video for ‘No Brakes’ was a fun flip around from the track. Whereas lyrically we had a serious subject: depression, and does feeling worse make better art? — This topic was given a spin with contrasting musical elements, for the video we took a kind of goofy narrative and tried to lend some gravitas to the actions around it.”

Mervival, who has previously collaborated with names including Swim Good Now (Ryan Hemsworth, Teen Daze), Luke Lalonde (Born Ruffians) and Toronto’s DCF, earned a string of domestic support from the likes of CBC Radio and Exclaim! for earlier releases. With a string of North American dates pencilled for summer 2019, UK dates are expected to follow shortly.

Previous Praise for Merival
“Merival’s emotional depth is heavy and drawn out in her soft voice” – The 405
“The minimal aesthetic and fragility that Horvath presents weighs of a tight grip letting go” – EARMILK
“A vision that can shape the complexities of human workings in to short, sharp pop songs” – Gold Flake Paint

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