‘Bastards’ is a dark brooding sleek song immeshed in melancholia and regre,t with a serpentine bass and a haunting refrain: I’ve got bruises from being too close. Mermaidens have a distinct, wistful dream pop sound with an edge and an enigma.
Lily West, sharing vocals with Gussie Larkin, says of the song:
I wanted to create something contemplative led by this strange and dominant bass part. The difficulty and sometimes suffocating nature of being in love. Acknowledging that your love is just as complex an individual as you are is the most rewarding thing
The chanting choruses and the insistent guitars create a slightly ominous atmosphere that is perfectly matched by the video, directed by New Zealand ex-patriot living in London, Ryan Fielding. He says:
I originally pitched the band – ‘A textural neon-soaked fever dream’- I was excited to tap into the mood of the song and the interweaving melodies, experimenting with dualities in terms of characters, tone, and textures
You can listen to the album here or get directly from the band below (BandCamp is waiving all fees for artists from midnight EST Friday 5 June 2020 for 24 hours):