Share full album stream for Perfect Body via The Beat
Album due out this Friday 4 August via Flying Nun
New Zealand’s Mermaidens share a full album stream for their breathtaking new album Perfect Body with The Beat, who said it; “flips between queasy and dreamy and all out noise and it’s all captured with a live feeling raw edge.”
Band member Gussie Larkin explains further: “Perfect Body was written over a few months in many different spaces around Wellington – we jammed out ideas in our freezing practice space in Newtown, recorded snatches of vocal melodies into our cellphones on long walks home, and stewed over lyrics up until recording them in the studio. Listening back to Perfect Body, it feels like a slice of a very specific time and place and the relationships/feelings we were experiencing at that time.
“We set out to take the sound which we were known for from our previous material and mess with it. We wanted to take the listener on a journey where there are a few islands of stability – perhaps a catchy melody, a familiar chord progression or a danceable drum beat. But before they can get comfortable they’re dragged away to the depths of off kilter time signatures, sparse drums and caustic melodies.”
Listen to full album stream via The Beat here
Watch video for “Satsuma” here
“Perfect Body is a delicate filigree of an album… the New Zealand trio tackle themes of personal and artistic growth as well as the acceptance of maturity… It is, in fact, quite perfect.” – God is in the TV 9/10
“Noisy, scratchy, enigmatic songwriting. Veering off into paths of their own, the three-piece fuse their influences with a keenly individual touch.” – Clash
“Familiar but prickly, melodic but always somewhat menacing… what should prove to be one of the summer’s most brilliant long-players.” – Gold Flake Paint
“Warm harmonies, dreamlike lyrics and hypnotic verbal repetition dance with darkly atmospheric riff-driven melodies.” – The 405
“Haunting, well-paced and rife with reverb.” – Aesthetica
“Caustic, sprawling” – Loud & Quiet
Mermaidens are a three-piece outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, who are defined by intricate and unique songwriting, boldly raw – yet increasingly refined – studio production, and a hypnotic live synergy that leaves audiences enchanted. Drawing inspiration from bands like Warpaint, Fugazi, Exploded View and Sleater-Kinney, Mermaidens’ sound offers a mesmerising dip into the realms of post-punk and psych. The voices of Gussie Larkin and Lily West embrace warm harmonies and dreamy, hypnotic lyrics, entwined with dark and moody riff-based melodies, underpinned by Abe Hollingsworth‘s fluid and dynamic percussion.
Mermaidens burst onto the New Zealand scene with their widely acclaimed debut EP O in 2014 and went on to release their debut album Undergrowth in 2016. As a result, they were offered dozens of shows and international support slots, which led to them being picked up by Flying Nun Records, who release the band’s first international album, Perfect Body, on 4 August.
Perfect Body features many of the familiar characteristics of the Mermaidens’ sound, with twinkly, reverb-laden guitar lines, rich vocal harmonies and vibrant drums. They have expanded on these sounds, bringing in even more dynamic elements, building richer melodic layers and a wider range of guitar textures, as they explore different levels of dissonance. Each song bursts with energy and variety, with contrasting light and dark, and they’ve left space for mellow and brooding instrumentals underpinning a powerful vocal melody.
Mermaidens pride themselves on an engaging and polished live performance. Their impressive portfolio of support slots and sold out shows, attests to the charm and excellence of their live show. In just a few years Mermaidens have sold out major venues in New Zealand as well as supporting acts such as Death Cab For Cutie, Sleater Kinney and Mac Demarco.
As a band who have grown dramatically since their inception, both creatively and musically, Mermaidens are undoubtedly a band to watch very closely, and are set to make a similar impact on the global music scene as they have at home in New Zealand.