Following the success of their debut EP last year, return with their new single ‘Mermaid’.
The London-based group met whilst training at The Royal Academy of Music, with award-winning lyricist and vocalist Lauren Kinsella, and multi-talented Chris Hyson on electric bass, keyboards, synths, piano, acoustic guitar and Wurlitzer, supplying the foundations for their unique poetry-based alternative folk sound.
Taken from their forthcoming album, mixed by Alex Killpartrick and due for release in January 2016 on new label Two Rivers Records, ‘Mermaid’is described by the group as an exploration of the concepts of "curiosity and progression". Composed from the point of view of a small fish, it aims to illustrate our individualism whilst also demonstrating how we all contribute to a picture bigger than ourselves.
Featuring the group’s trademark combination of music and poetry, the track opens with echoing synths followed by soothing light percussion and a playful piano riff, aptly creating an image of the trickling water of the fish’s surroundings. The melody is soon joined by Lauren’s beautiful verse, textured by her soft mixture of speech, song, whispers and breath. As well as being inspired by the natural world, the composition reflects a wide range of influences from across the artistic spectrum, including Bon Iver, Elizabeth Bishop, Joelle Leandre, Sylvia Plath, Chopin and Joni Mitchell.