Seattle-based post-rock quartet MERSO – comprised of Evan Anderson (bass), Taylor Carroll (drums), Taylor Romoser (guitar), and Tristan Sennholz (vocals) – has been through many changes, and now they’ve risen like a phoenix from the ashes to release their debut album, Red World. The7-track album is set to release tomorrow, but we have your first listen right here.
A piano chord, high-pitched, Sennholz’s gorgeous vocals, and a slow disposition make an immediate impression with first track “Astoria”. Instrumentals layer in, making this feel like a quirky, reverb-filled love song. “Reunion Show” hits at a similar tempo initially, building up to a more frantic tempo. And the entire album carries on in the same vein, at times reminding us of Adam Levine’s signature vocals, only taken up a notch. (Yup. That’s right. Sennholz puts him to shame.) Transitioning from instrumentals that sound as though they originated with a technological breakdown – but are now mellow, smooth, and beautiful – to crashing cymbals in songs like “Librium”, this album is difficult to place genre-wise.
And perhaps that’s the point, but either way we’re loving it.