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MERMAIDENS – ‘Perfect Body’ Album Review

MERMAIDENS – Perfect Body

mermaidensMermaidens are a three-piece outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, who are defined by intricate and unique songwriting. The band cites the likes of Warpaint, Fugazi, Exploded View and Sleater-Kinney as influences.  The album opens with the title track, Perfect Body and is full of latent menace as layered female vocals are supported by a spacey, atmospheric guitar. The band showcase a certain restraint throughout the song and it helps to build the sense of anticipation for the next seven songs.

Mermaidens burst onto the New Zealand scene with their widely acclaimed debut EP in 2014 and went on to release their debut album Undergrowth in 2016. On this album, the second track Sunstone features a plaintive vocal, cymbal infused drumbeat with a slightly tribal vibe and laid back guitar. The track is over five minutes in length and veers into a heavy wall of sound and some great guitar riffs that just rocked!

The band have supported the likes of Death Cab For Cutie in New Zealand and this international debut will gain them a lot of new followers as they display a unique take on indie-rock that is compelling. Lizard presents a variation on the theme of goth-inspired guitar, pleading female vocals, solid drums and sections of raw power.  At the half-way point, Mind Slow opens with a bass guitar, laid back drums and an effectively reverb heavy guitar to produce an atmospheric ballad!

On Smothering Possession Mermaidens bring on an acoustic guitar and vocal to deliver a disconcerting ballad and they slightly up the pace with Satsuma but do not lose the sense of discombobulating sounds to keep the listener alert throughout – it’s simple yet complex, spacey yet tight and it’s effective!

The six-minute plus Give It Up is more accessible with a Pixies style bass and vocal treatment joined by restrained guitars and melodic backing vocals to produce a strong song indeed. Closing with another six-minute epic, Mermaidens showcase their full repertoire of math-punk, laid back approaches and some simple licks that are just effective.

This is an album for lovers of Warpaint style indie-rock – it’s clever, powerful and one to add to the collection – get Perfect Body by Mermaidens here:




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