Last year’s magnificent self-titled album from Mess Esque was for me one of the stand out releases of the year, and recognition of the duo’s stature and the album’s imperial majesty resulted in them embarking on a world-wide adventure in the US and, currently in Europe, supporting Kurt Vile. In the midst of this, the band has just released another achingly beautiful track – ‘Armour Your Amor’ – described as being a ‘tour single’.
There is a frail vulnerability in both the delicate vocals and the haunting instrumentation – the song apparates and floats in the ether like some sort of spectral object. Almost intangible, the song circulates and streams its way in your consciousness with a graceful elegance:
Mess Esque is a magical collaboration between Helen Franzmann (McKisko) and Mick Turner (Dirty Three, Tren Brothers).
‘Armour Your Amor’ is out now through Drag City Records/ Milk! Records and can be downloaded and streamed here as well as through the link above where a vinyl single edition will be available soon as well, with the additional track ‘Liminal Space’.
You can catch the band on tour in Europe right now – dates below and tickets here.
27/8/22 The Forum, Bath, United Kingdom*
28/8/22 Stylus, Leeds, United Kingdom*
29/8/22 Queen Margaret Union (QMU), Glasgow, United Kingdom*
30/8/22 Limelight, Belfast, United Kingdom*
31/8/22 Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland*
2/9/22 End Of The Road Festival, Salisbury, United Kingdom
3/9/22 Manchester Psych Fest, Manchester, United Kingdom
5/9/22 OLT Rivierenhof, Antwerp, Belgium*
9/9/22 Cafe OTO, London, United Kingdom
12/9/22 Gloria Theater, Cologne, Germany*
13/9/22 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands*
14/9/22 Openluchttheater De Goffert, Nijmegen, Netherlands*
15/9/22 Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany*
16/9/22 Den Graa Hal, Copenhagan, Denmark*
17/9/22 Plan B, Malmo, Sweden*
19/9/22 Depart, Kortrijk, Belgium*
20/9/22 Le Trianon, Paris, France*
*w/ Kurt Vile
Feature Photograph: Mick Turner & D. Ryan
Artwork : Darren McDonald