‘Take Me To A Place’ is the second single to be released from Mesadorm’s forthcoming new album Let’s Leap (coming 2021) which was conceived in a tiny cabin in Sladebank Woods where front woman and song-writer Blythe Pepino dwelled between 2017 -2019.
‘Take Me To A Place’ is laced with a generous slice of cheek, humour and almost naïve comfort in a delivery via delightfully playful synths and stifled drum machine loops, with a searingly soulful vocal. The lyrical content, however, has a darker edge. Inspired by an increasing divisive world and the rise of inequality in her UK homelands, ‘Take Me To A Place’ is a song about the newfound shame and negative connotations of being White British. As Pepino expands:
“I wrote it at a time I was confused and heartbroken at my country and my identity as White British. I had begun some long overdue political learning into the state of inequality in the world, my country’s role in that, and particularly Britain’s current disgusting treatment of refugees. Like many others around me, the part of my identity entwined with place and nationality felt rotten. In Take Me To A Place I was expressing some of that identity crisis.”
Mesadorm’s emotive and skilled melding of the pastoral and synthetic is the result of a unique combination of experienced musicianship, diverse cultural tastes and the strong bonds of friendship, with song writing firmly aimed at the space between the piercing domestic observations of Suzanne Vega and the elemental other-worldliness of Bjork, drawing on contemporary influences including Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso as well as legendary female luminaries like Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.
Formed in 2017, the five members of Mesadorm – Blythe Pepino, Aaron Zahl, Jo Silverston, David Johnston and Daisy Palmer – have collectively played with the likes of Paloma Faith, Goldfrapp, Rae Morris, Frank Turner, The Unthanks, The Magnetic North and London Grammar, with Pepino fronting major label signing Vaults.
Mesadorm’s debut album Heterogaster (2018) and its sister album Epicadus (2019) – which saw the band acoustically rework tracks from their debut – collectively garnered attention on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music (with support from Jack Saunders and Lauren Laverne), and The Guardian.
Indicative of new single ‘Take Me To A Place’, Mesadorm’s forthcoming new album Let’s Leap (co-produced by Blythe Pepino and Tim Allen), promises listeners more joy, layered with heightened emotions of the perhaps bitter-sweet variety.
‘Take Me To A Place’ is out now with the long-player Let’s Leap following 2021. Both via Babylegs Records.