Mesadorm, Genevieve Dawson
Sunday, November 03, 19:30
8.15pm Genevieve Dawson
New Roots presents Mesadorm, The Lexington, Sunday 3 Nov. Special guest support Genevieve Dawson. Doors open 7.30 pm, music from 8.15 pm. Nearest tube Angel, 6 mins walk.
“[Mesadorm's] Heterogaster is the best album of [the year] so far....quite remarkable” - Rich Pitt, BBC Introducing
5-piece Bristol band Mesadorm is the collaborative project between Blythe Pepino (Vaults), Aaron Zahl, Daisy Palmer (Paloma Faith, Goldfrapp, MIKA), Jo Silverston (The Unthanks, Red Clay Halo, Frank Turner) and David Johnston (ZunZun Egui, Phil King, Chairfight!).
After a period testing the mainstream stage with a major record deal as part of London Art Pop trio Vaults, Blythe Pepino has moved back to her roots as a leftfield rock and electronica songwriter. Pulling on wide strands of influence, from the contemporary electronic sounds of Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso, to the late 60s and early 70s folk and pop giants Carole King, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, the songs on Mesadorm's brilliant debut album ‘Heterogaster’ are based around ideas of family, sex, trust and disconnection, and come drenched in rich vocal harmonies and beautifully layered textures.
With critical acclaim from key tastemakers Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) and Jon Kennedy (X FM), and the combined talents of superb musicians married to startlingly original songwriting, all delivered through Pepino's stunningly emotive voice, Mesadorm are set to deliver on the biggest stages in 2019/ 2020.
"I’m absolutely addicted....really affecting and beautiful. One of my favourite tracks at the moment - I’m very excited to to hear more of them”” - Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music
"I love [it]… a beautiful record” - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
"Absolutely fantastic!” - John Kennedy, Radio X
“The best we’ve played on the show..” Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing
"Melodies that originate in the left field… soothing, genuine, and perplexing… a real jewel.” - Clash Magazine
"Sublime… we’re enthralled by Blythe’s words and Mesadorm’s intense sounds.” - Get In Her Ears
"Mesadorm have that uncanny ability to find that perfect line between pop and experimentation. They achieve a rare and colourful psychedelic minimalism that is strikingly engaging.” - Folk Radio UK
WATCH MESADORM: 'TELL ME' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppTiz6R4qHo
WATCH MESADORM: 'EASY' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASD5cx8Axtk
Singer-songwriter Genevieve Dawson is originally from Edinburgh, now based in South-East London. Growing up on Joni Mitchell and Ella Fitzgerald, she went on to study music, playing and singing in jazz and folk bands across Europe and the UK. After a period spent living in Cairo and Morocco she returned to London, completing her studies at the iconic Goldsmiths University. Bringing together a frank lyrical style with a wonderfully rich and soulful tone, Genevieve Dawson’s sophisticated sound pulls influence from jazz and folk in equal measure.
‘ [She] blends folk-roots with spicy infusions of off-kilter improvisation and ambitiously ambiguous harmony. Genevieve’s take is not unlike that of Hejira-era Joni Mitchell- her songwriting knows no upper bounds…see her and her band at any opportunity you get’.
WATCH GENEVIEVE DAWSON: 'I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRAkrJnZj4s
The Lexington is an 18+ venue - please bring ID!