The opening track for the album, ‘Wake Up To Yesterday’ has soft reflective and yearning vocals over a gently rumbling and roaming guitar – part spoken poetry with heavenly harmonies. A Hammond Organ floats across the scenery – for indeed this is widescreen cinematic music that is hypnotic and expansive – breaking into back-of-the-neck hair raising melodies as Franzmann softly sings where you going to go? This is heartbreaking and beautiful.
The video – produced by the duo and shot by Caitlin Franzmann – is essentially dreamy, fuzzy monochrome shots of Mess Esque member Helen Franzmann (from Brisbane band McKisko) floating through urban streets with wispy, fey abandon amongst imposed bubbles on the screen and a dark cloudy sky. Her singing and dancing is expressive and touched by an endearing abandon:
Mess Esque the duo is Melbourne’s Mick Turner from Dirty Three and Brisbane’s Helen Franzmann from McKisko.
‘Mess Esque’ the album is an ethereal, gentle delight: yearning brittle and delicate vocals that glide over subtle but barely restrained instrumentation that adds a gold filigree to a barbed wire brush. It has the raw and visceral edge of Velvet Underground mixed with a dream pop blur – a late night excess that has resolved into a blurred fugue. What a magical collaboration.