Monday, November 14, 2011

Meet Merrickans

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to Merrickans. It may come as a surprise to you, as it certainly did to me, that Merrickans hails not from 80s Britain but Brooklyn.

They have a sound borne of the other side of the Atlantic, their (free!) three-song EP aching with chilled, synthy loveliness, with the inclusion of sunny guitar strums every now and again. At times, the bouyancy might feel a little silly, but it's endearing. The vocals inhabit a captivating middle ground between the brooding theatrics of the one and only Morrissey and the puffery of youthful swagger you'll have heard out of The La's and their mouthpiece Lee Mavers.

Theirs is music of nostalgia and memory, moonlight and smoke-filled rooms. It's also highly infectious, so be prepared to listen to these songs on repeat many a time. Be sure to go fetch it for yourselves, but for now, here's my favorite of the three songs, "No Goal To Reach."

mp3: No Goal To Reach (Merrickans from the free All This Desire, No Goal To Reach EP)

[photo by Grey Hew Animal Design]

1 comments:

  1. What a great review. I LOVE Merrickans and have been pimping them to all my friends. Yes, their tunes are buoyant and endearing, but there's also an undercurrent of loss and anxiety. I can dance and sing along while feeling deliciously angsty. Best band I've come across in a long time.

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