Look Me In The Eye sees Mermaidens scale new territory and fearlessly pushing sonic boundaries. Drawing on influences such as Warpaint and PJ Harvey, the three-piece have produced a body of work as severe and progressive as it is vibrant and exhilarating. At the heart of the record lies the thematic exploration of female voices, as band members Gussie Larkin (co-lead vocals/guitar), Lily West (co-lead vocals/bass) and Abe Hollingsworth (drums) expose motifs of exterior masks, human relationships and power dynamics with unflinching fervour. The title of the new album is intentional in its double-meaning, as notions of confrontation and intimacy collide to unearth the tangled paradoxes of human connection. The voices and perspectives of both vocalists shape the record with equal footing, creating a dialogue around female collaboration and friendship.
Look Me In The Eye was recorded with long time collaborator, audio engineer James Goldsmith at Blue Barn Studio in the trio’s hometown of Wellington. Predominantly writing songs independently and then coming together as a trio to work through arrangements and develop ideas, Mermaidens mobilised their strengths in collaboration to produce a body of music that is every bit as experimental, as it is accessible and uniting.