New Zealand trio share visuals for ‘Millennia’
New album Look Me in the Eye out via Flying Nun Records 6th September
New Zealand trio Mermaidens reveal a soft, pastel-infused dreamscape in their video for new single ‘Millennia’, that premiered with Undertheradar earlier today. Watch the official music video here, directed and produced by Tom Mannion and Caity Moloney, a filmmaking duo known as Lazy Susan.
“Everything is on spinning platforms, and the video eventually reveals that this woman and all her masks are on display too,” says co-frontperson and bassist Lily West. The circling visuals feel forced from reality, as the character contemplates life in an overly constructed dream world that cycles through different personas this character has created for themselves.
“Millennia is a deadpan dig at the masks we wear. I wanted us to explore the mess of feelings around that twisted meeting of media and identity and how it can create such a warped sense of reality. There’s an implication that we can’t be successful without this system, despite it not being that much good for anybody. The song is a big faker too – it’s all pep and pop hooks, but it’s a sad story. The title is a personal joke about feeling old at 25, it was always meant to be the temporary title as it’s not exactly subtle. But after recording, when the song turned out to be so melodramatic, it stuck.”
Mermaidens are also proud to announce the release of a limited edition, custom Mermaidens effects pedal, aptly called ‘Moon Cycle’, built and designed by kiwi amp-maker, Emerald Rose.
Pre-order the limited edition gatefold pressing of Look Me in the Eye through Bandcamp to be entered into a draw to win the custom effects pedal! Pre-order HERE.
UK Tour Dates
Saturday 21st September – Elsewhere, Margate
Sunday 22nd September – The Library, Oxford
Monday 23rd September – The Hug And Pint, Glasgow
Tuesday 24th September – Picture House Social, Sheffield
Wednesday 25th September – Old Blue Last, London
Look Me In The Eye sees Mermaidens scale new territory and fearlessly pushing sonic boundaries. Drawing on influences such as Warpaint and PJ Harvey, the three-piece have produced a body of work as severe and progressive as it is vibrant and exhilarating. At the heart of the record lies the thematic exploration of female voices, as band members Gussie Larkin (co-lead vocals/guitar), Lily West (co-lead vocals/bass) and Abe Hollingsworth (drums) expose motifs of exterior masks, human relationships and power dynamics with unflinching fervour. The title of the new album is intentional in its double-meaning, as notions of confrontation and intimacy collide to unearth the tangled paradoxes of human connection. The voices and perspectives of both front-women shape the record with equal footing, creating a dialogue around female collaboration and friendship.
Look Me In The Eye was recorded with long time collaborator, audio engineer James Goldsmithat Blue Barn Studio in the trio’s hometown of Wellington. Predominantly writing songs independently and then coming together as a trio to work through arrangements and develop ideas, Mermaidens mobilised their strengths in collaboration to produce a body of music that is every bit as experimental, as it is accessible and uniting.
This year has also seen the release of their 7” split single ‘You Maintain The Stain/Cut It Open’. The A-side, ‘You Maintain The Stain’ (featuring the now precursory hint lyric “you won’t look me in the eye”) secured the #1 spot on New Zealand’s Alternative Airplay Chart, as well as topping the nation’s Student Radio Network Chart, following their mini tour of Aotearoa.
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