“I’m absolutely addicted… really affecting and beautiful” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
Led by the emotive and beautiful vocals of Blythe Pepino, the former singer of major-label signing Vaults, Mesadorm meld the pastoral and synthetic; combining skilled musicianship, classic balladry and dark electronica to create a powerful, singular sound.
It’s a mission of our festival to champion acts we feel might have been a little under-played, especially when considered in proportion to their talent. In 2017, Pepino turned her back on major label existence to pursue her artistic vision for Mesadorm, delivering two exceptional albums: ‘Heterogaster’ and ‘Epicadus’ full of inventive song-writing and other-worldly atmosphere.
Her five-piece band features sought after session players Daisy Palmer (drums), who has played at Cloudspotting in accompaniment to Hannah Peel (and has collaborated with Goldfrapp, Paloma Faith and Rae Morris); cellist Jo Silverston (Frank Turner, The Unthanks), bass player David Johnston (Zun Zun Egui) and producer Aaron Zahl.
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 unlikely marriage sits somewhere between the domestic observation of Suzanne Vega and the powerful, elemental other-worldliness of Bjork. Sure to bring beauty to the forest.