Mermaid Chunky Share Stunning Eight-Minute Epic ‘Céilí’

They've signed to DFA Records...

Mermaid Chunky have shared their bewildering new eight-minute epic ‘Céilí’ in full.

The band released their debut EP back in 2020, gaining a cult following with their free-flowing innovation. Remarkably, LCD Soundsystem guru James Murphy heard Mermaid Chunky’s music while in a coffee shop – and invited them to support him at London’s O2 Academy Brixton shortly afterwards.

Keeping in touch, Mermaid Chunky have now signed to DFA Records, with new single ‘Céilí’ cementing the creative relationship.

A remarkable, free-flowing piece of music, the multi-faceted song structure breaks ideas down into separate cells, before joining them in an ad hoc fashion. Opening with a circular recorder melody – rather like a children’s round – it then moves beyond this, attempting to embrace joy.

Chasing down rivulets of happiness, it’s backed by a colourful, truly remarkable video, a clip that is in equal turns surreal and eye-catching.

Mermaid Chunky explain…

Jigging in a Céilí (pronounced*Kaylee*) is one of the quickest ways to fall in love and to deeply know a mass of strangers in a short amount of time. This frantic stupid, sad happy song is both deeply heartfelt beyond words and can also be slid around to at its sweaty face value. Developed through years of live chaotic improvisation at parties and gatherings, we hope to feelingly hoick up our skirts with our recorders, flutes, drums machines, synthesizers and operatic vocals to shine a light into their radically trusting universe.

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Simon Pizzey

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