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Praise for Merpire “Melbourne's Merpire has crafted a beautiful debut album, a real antidote to the heightened emotions we're all experiencing.” - CLASH “Merpire's acrobatic voice makes sure she's in full focus for every second of this song” - PAPER (Dinosaur) “[Her] delicate phrasing takes everyday anxieties and turns them into poetry.” - The Forty-Five (Village) ““Village” is a song that shows Merpire’s ability to translate her vivid feelings through her own idiosyncratic lens and come out with something universally fist-pumping.” - Beats Per Minute (Village) “sharp bursts of gritty energy in the choruses offer a nice dynamic edge” - Euphoria (Village)
Today (23rd July 2021), one of Australia’s breakout singers Merpire, releases her debut album Simulation Ride via Warner’s ADA. 11 Tracks that fuse dreamy indie-pop, with her effortless songwriting that hold real meaning. Stream HERE. Many of the songs she writes are about living with anxiety and trying to take the fear out of what can go on inside your head. To Merpire, releasing music is also releasing old thought processes and words that she hopes will help others feel less alone in their thoughts. Lead single from the album ‘Village’ (watch here) lyrically tackles self-doubt, the comparison to others and the realisation that you can’t be everything and everyone to one person. It is a slice of observational lyricism that Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, aka Merpire has become known for - taking seemingly simple ideas from the real world and studying their complexities and intricacies. Like first single ‘Dinosaur’ (video here), ‘Village’ is an acknowledgment of Rhiannon’s own battle with anxiety and confidence, but more importantly the growth that comes from facing that head on. Merpire also shares new single ‘Brain Cells’ which is about wanting to stick it out with someone even when it gets tough. It's about developing that trust that only comes with spending the time and space on it. It comes with a video showing a behind the scenes of the album journey so far. Watch the video HERE. "'Simulation Ride' is a musical diary entry into the workings and not-workings of my mind. It exists in hope of connecting with fellow daydreaming experts in creating their own personal simulation ride. I take you through the rom-com and horror sections of my internal video store." Simulation Ride out today via Warner’s ADA Stream HERE
About Merpire: Merpire first burst onto the scene back in August 2018 when she signed to indie management company Fright Night Music and showcased at Bigsound, each step garnering an incremental following of avid fans in her wake. By the end of the year, Merpire had sold out her biggest headline show to date and had supported some huge Australian acts including Julia Jacklin, Angie McMahon, Didirri and Olympia. Otherwise known as Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, her impressive and predominantly female live line-up, continue to captivate audiences far and wide with powerful, versatile performances that are an emotional roller coaster to behold. Stay tuned for more to come from Merpire.