You have probably already heard Blythe Pepino’s voice. By the end of 2016, she had released her major label debut as frontwoman of Vaults, sung on that year’s John Lewis Christmas ad and toured with London Grammar. Then in 2017, unwilling to compromise her artistic vision, she turned her back on the major label existence to pursue her penchant for the strange and leftfield with new band, Mesadorm. A band of experienced musicians, the five-piece includes sought-after session players Daisy Palmer (Goldfrapp, Paloma Faith, Rae Morris) and Jo Silverstone (Frank Turner, The Unthanks, The Magnetic North).
Drawing influence from contemporary electronic passions like Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso, as well as late-20th Century songsmiths like Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, Mesadorm’s singular sound combines dark electronica with classic balladry; an unlikely marriage which sits somewhere between the domestic observation of Suzanne Vega and the powerful, elemental other-worldliness of Bjork. In debut album ‘Heterogaster’ (Babylegs Records, May 2018) listeners will find Pepino in happy harmony with producer Aaron Zahl, fleshing out her mellifluous world with stark electronic soundscapes. Palmer (Drums), Silverstone (Cello) and Johnston (Bass) then add their own assured contributions, resulting in a sound which is both fresh and deeply affecting.
“I love the sound of that… a beautiful record” – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
“I’m absolutely addicted… really affecting and beautiful” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“absolutely fantastic!” – John Kennedy, Radio X
“I have the privilege of listening to a LOT of great new music, but the new Mesadorm album Heterogaster is quite remarkable.” – Richard Pitt, BBC Introducing
“Melodies that originate in the left field… soothing, genuine, and perplexing… a real jewel.” – Clash Magazine
“Mesadorm have that uncanny ability to find that perfect line between pop and experimentation. They achieve a rare and colourful psychedelic minimalism that is strikingly engaging.” – Folk Radio UK