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Live at the Forge | Mesadorm

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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.  Not one to compromise her artistic vision, in early 2017 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 quintet includes sought-after session players Daisy Palmer (Goldfrapp, Paloma Faith, Rae Morris) and Jo Silverston (Frank Turner, The Unthanks, The Magnetic North). Moving back to Pepino’s roots as a leftfield genre-bending songwriter, Mesadorm draws influence from contemporary electronic passions like Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso, as well as from great female songwriters Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. Their writing sits somewhere between the domestic observation of Suzanne Vega and the powerful, elemental other-worldliness of Bjork.

Throughout ‘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), Silverston (Cello) and Johnston (Bass) then add their specialised touch, resulting in a truly original sound. Musically, Mesadorm have a deep and assured connection that is surely apparent within ‘Heterogaster’, their extraordinary live performances, as well as in beautiful new acoustic offering ‘Epicadus’ (Babylegs Records, April 2019).

Mesadorm are;

Blythe Pepino - Vocals/Keys

Aaron Zahl - Guitars/Keys/BVs

Jo Silverston - Cello/Keys/BVs

David Johnston - Bass/Keys/BVs

Daisy Palmer - Drums/BVs

“I’m absolutely addicted... really affecting and beautiful” - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

"I love the sound of that… a beautiful record”  - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

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