Band of the Day

2015.04.27

Mercies

Sun-kissed harmonies that will guide your way from the ocean to the forest
We dive deep beneath to retrieve all the answers, head first then our feet in a sea alabaster.
lyrics from Every Echo

The indie rock / forest pop trio Mercies has released their new album Blue Against Green on March 31st, via Randm Records. The band was recently featured on SPIN.com, All Things Go, Baeble Music, and partnered with EARMILK to premiere their brand new album in full. Drawing on similar thought-provoking lyrics and unique instrumental parts as their previous release, this 11-track masterpiece will entrance you into a world similar to the likes of Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and Grizzly Bear, adding their own impressive artwork as the final punch. Mercies began in 2009 as a creative outlet for Josh Rheault and Sammy Dent. After some time of casually exchanging demos, the collaboration turned into a serious musical partnership. Working out of an old tobacco barn in rural northern Connecticut, Rheault and Dent continued writing while Rheault and his family restored “The Barn” into a recording and rehearsal space. As a result, Mercies’ debut LP Three Thousand Days was born and their third band member, Jordan Flower, had joined. Since then, the band has toured extensively around the US including multiple trips to CMJ Music Marathon and South by Southwest, as well as releasing The Ballet EP in collaboration with The Charlottesville Ballet and a two-song single, Vultures. Mercies relocated to Los Angeles in late 2013 and shortly after signed with Randm Records. This time, the band had the new experience of recording exclusively in a studio. Working with producer Mike Butler at Lost Ark Studio in San Diego, Mercies further explored their love of vintage gear and natural space, but this time they were able to play with studio isolation and Butler’s adventurous recording style, giving their new release added depth and dimension. On their sophomore LP, Dent tells us, “Blue Against Green is a culmination of our life experiences, both professional and personal. It’s about our move to the west coast and the subsequent life changes, the desire to venture out into the unknown, and the will to keep moving forward.”