Mezko are bound for big things with new single, ‘Steady On’
Sydney Krautrock-inspired duo MEZKO, aka Laura Bailey and Kat Harley. It’s the next single from their upcoming EP Polychronic, which is due out on October 27th via Inertia Music, of which they’ve just signed a record deal!
Mezko are riding the waves of success right now, with earlier singles ‘Trust’ and ‘Everyone’ gaining massive airplay on Triple J, and the duo performing alongside greats like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Miami Horror. With their recent signing to Inertia Music sees them amongst big names like Bon Iver, Big Scary, M83, Sia and Björk.
‘Steady On’ is a succinct mix of influences, like the child of Kraftwerk married Giorgio Moroder and started an LCD Soundsystem tribute band with him. Pulsing synths and synthetic drums slap out an almost disco-esque rhythm, before a tight guitar riff sets the hook. Vocals are subdued throughout, providing added texture and lyrical depth but not taking away from the delightfully clubby nature of the music. Drum machine rim clicks and analogue synth arpeggios hark back to the retro half, but like the classic Jekyll/Hyde trope, the modern side wrestles for control with the bold and in-your-face contemporary production.
Co-Produced by fellow Australian Anthony Garvin, Mezko has said the track is about being on the very edge of a depressive phase – “the moment when you’re out of it and trying to hold on to the exit.” The dreamy yet heavy tone evokes this vividly – it sounds like waking up from a bad dream and slowly coming to the realisation everything is ok and you’re on the other side.
Mezko‘s debut EP Polychronic is due out October 27th, and the duo signing to Inertia Music big things are sure to be in store from them.
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