Mermaid in China more resembles siren with enchanting debut EP

17 Feb


Mermaid in China is four guys from Portland layering dreampop melodies with a diverse range of influences. Their self-titled debut demonstrates the breadth of their talent, from cheery pop ballads to melodramatic underwater sequences.

As a whole, the EP is extremely fun, but it does not exhaust. The opening track, the first song we hear from Mermaid in China, is “The Vast Divide,” catches you with that initial hook, and demands you dance for the following entrancing five minutes. The next song though is duller, in the sense that it is not bound by falsetto dance rhythms. Aptly, it’s titled “Gentle,” as it feels like a deep breath after having a sugar high. I cannot stress enough how catchy each song can be though; Mermaid in China can go from mellow indie rock to bubblegum pop. Then “The Average Man” once again resets any expectations you have been calculating in the back of your head. Lo-fi shoegaze electro wave… though so many words can describe this music, none do it justice. Give it a listen, form your own opinion, use your own words.

Mermaid in China’s debut self-titled EP is out now. Visit them on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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