| MRCY premiere debut single, ‘Lorelei’ Available now on Dead Oceans Black Pumas tour also confirmed -

MRCY premiere debut single, ‘Lorelei’ Available now on Dead Oceans Black Pumas tour also confirmed

Posted on 02/06/2024

MRCY introduce themselves today with stunning debut single ‘Lorelei’, available now on Dead Oceans. The duo have also confirmed plans for their first ever live shows, opening for Black Pumas on their UK/European tour in the spring.

MRCY are producer Barney Lister and vocalist Kojo Degraft-Johnson. Hailing from different ends of England and disparate cultures, theirs is a space of self-expression that combines the timeless musical warmth of Marvin Gaye with the genre-melding, modern sensibility of Anderson .Paak, Khruangbin and Sault. And having strived separately behind the scenes, the band is as much about putting yourself first as it is the spirit of compassion that has never felt more needed. “It’s like hearing a distant memory,” Barney says, “but one that speaks to where you are now.”

Soul through the modern looking-glass, MRCY make an immediate impression on debut single ‘Lorelei’: artfully combining commanding vocals, otherworldly psychedelics and wistful arrangements into work that is as classic in feel as it is contemporary in approach. “Lorelei’ is about being in a romantic situation that you know will result in heartbreak,” comments Kojo, “but you’re too under the spell to get out of it. The lyrics come from the ancient tale of Lorelei, a mythical creature that leads navigators and those sailing to their demise with its beauty and song – “I thought I saw you walking by the river side” and “the summer storm’s still on my mind.”

Arriving with a fully-formed vision, MRCY have nonetheless hustled hard to make work in their own voice. Raised amidst Huddersfield’s melting-pot culture, Barney has established himself as one of the UK’s most in-demand, eclectic young producers; ranging from an Ivor Novello Award for his long standing collaboration with Obongjayar to Mercury-nominated artists like Joy Crookes and Olivia Dean. South London-raised Kojo, meanwhile, earned his stripes in church as well as singing with equally-illustrious homegrown artists like Cleo Sol and Little Simz. Having first connected over Instagram during the pandemic, MRCY met up in Brixton between lockdowns and allowed the band’s sound – and bond – to deepen. And though social and political chaos inevitably informs their upcoming project, MRCY is also about the need for common-ground: universal but highly individual experiences of class, community, and the quality music that has always brought good people together.

Watch out for more from MRCY to follow soon.

Black Pumas tour

15.03.24 || Paris || Zenith
16.03.24 ||Brussels || Forest National
17.03.24 || Amsterdam || AFAS Live
19.03.24 || Hamburg || Docks
20.03.24 || Berlin || Verti Music Hall
21.03.24 || Cologne || Carlswerk Victoria
23.03.24 || Manchester || O2 Victoria Warehouse
24.03.24 || London || Eventim Apollo