Merpire, aka Melbourne based singer-sonwriter Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt has announced her debut album Simulation Ride to be released via Warner’s ADA on 23rd July. She has also shared new single “Village” along with an accompanying music video directed by Nick Mckk.
On the new single Merpire is humbly honest, speaking on themes of self-doubt she draws a portrait of an artist with sincerity at the forefront. Smooth instrumentation backs Merpire’s naturally cool lowkey vocals. Honing in the sound of those early Soccer Mommy tapes with a grungier outburst, Merpire achieves indie brilliance.
Speaking on the new single Rhiannon said:
“This loosely inspired the idea of it taking a village to nurture someone. Sometimes I would get so caught up in self doubt, seeing qualities in people that I didn’t think I had, that I forgot to see what qualities I had that they might love me for. 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 I didn’t see myself as an interesting person without that or without my music and when I was feeling tired or withdrawn I’d beat myself up about it, not feeling worthy of company and thinking I was just a boring person who happened to be a musician (and punt people around on a boat in the gardens apparently?!). This affected my relationship. I didn’t believe someone could be in love with me when there seemed to be way more interesting people out there.”
Listen to the new single below!