Debut album 'Simulation Ride' is incoming...

Merpire announces debut album 'Simulation Ride', set for release on July 23rd alongside the drop of lead single ‘Village’.

Otherwise known as Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, Merpire has given us songs that are somewhere between rom-com and horror film, but this track is purely sugarcane.

‘Village’ was inspired by Rhiannon’s former pastime, guiding boats around the lake in the Royal Botanic Gardens in the South Yarra. She talks about an island that she would pass on her route, nicknaming it ‘Bell Bird Island’ in admiration of the way that the birds had colonised it and were nurturing it for their own needs. They’re very territorial, these creatures, she says.

Running with this idea, Rhiannon wished to explore the old proverb ‘It takes a village’ as a more introspective look on her own sense of self. She says, “I constantly put pressure on myself to be happier, more energetic, more sociable. I didn’t see myself as an interesting person without that or without my music”.

Ever in awe of the mysteries of the natural world and the intricacies of the self, she reminds us of a young Stevie Nicks, daydreaming and dancing around barefoot, wild and free. With the name Rhiannon, there seems to be some strange synchronicity.

The single is complemented by video directed by Nick Mckk, and is an intimate and symbolic venture into the dusky hues of appearance and reality.

Tune in here.

Words: Jessica Fynn

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