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Get to Know: merci, mercy

16 October 2020 | 11:30 am | Claudia Fallon

Merci, Mercy is carving her way to the top, flaunting her pop excellence, and interpersonal exploration of one's place in the world in her new EP.

Unapologetically herself and incredibly forthright, merci, mercy is carving her way to the top, flaunting her pop excellence, compelling storytelling, and interpersonal exploration of one's place in the world. It's hard to believe she is still very new to the music scene with sold-out shows, a string of successful singles, and praise from press and fans alike. Hitting the scene in early 2020 with her debut song 'Fucked Myself Up' sending waves far and wide, the young artist has steadily built a collection of singles that explore honest and intimate storytelling in the form of irresistible pop anthems. Reflecting on personal traumas and turbulent relationships, merci, mercy delivers a spellbinding, honest, and intimate reflection of youthful disarray in her own unique and sophisticated way. Confronting issues such as mental health, self-doubt, and personal cynicism in her latest releases, it's time for merci, mercy to take her music to another level with the release of a glimmering, cathartic, and infectious debut EP, titled no thank you, no thanks.

With her previous singles including 'Fucked Myself Up', 'Fall Apart', 'Something You Like', and most recently 'Tequila & Lemonade' on the tracklist, no thank you, no thanks is set to be a deeply personal journey examining the anxieties and self-doubt merci, mercy has grappled with. From the issues raised in each song, we listen as she deals with the calm and chaos that comes with being in your youth and the frustration of not having all the answers. Already sounding like a cathartic fusion of melancholia and nostalgia, merci, mercy's forthcoming EP is sounding bright, glimmering, effervescent, emotional, and oozing with pop energy. In her own words, merci, mercy said of the EP, “It was quite a therapeutic process for me to write these songs...", so we can already tell her new EP will be the therapy we are all craving in the chaos of today.

We spoke to the talented merci, mercy to hear more about the rising star, how she came to be, her forthcoming EP, and what we can expect for the future! Take a read below.

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Who are you?

My nephew asks me all the time, ‘’Who do you think you are?’’ And every single time I have a different answer. Each time I ask him he just answers with his name. I love that. So that’s what I shall do, I am merci, mercy…. I am all the bad and all the good of Merceedes.

How did merci, mercy come to be? 

I’ve always had a love for music but I didn’t feel I had any talent until I was 16 and I got a uke for Christmas. With that I wrote my first ever song. In year 11 and 12 I just told everybody i’m either going to be a rockstar or homeless… I wasn’t lying. My nick name has always been mercy, but couldn’t decide on merci or mercy so my friends helped me out and just said use both. It just all sort of just happened. I was at The XX concert with my sister and brother, I was totally wasted. But there was this moment I just took it all in and while watching them I realised yes I am going to try my best to be able to do this for the rest of my life. It was a real turning point for me and definitely got the gears going.

Tell us more about your new EP, ‘no thank you, no thanks’?

When you listen to ‘no thank you, no thanks’ you will find out a lot about me. Nothing good but all the troubles I face on a daily basis with myself. I am troubled but and i’m trying to understand it myself, so just join me for the ride.

What can we expect from you in the months ahead?

I have shows coming up on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 23rd of October. The show on the 23rd is actually going to be live streamed so not just people in Sydney get to enjoy me performing. They have all sold out apart from October the 23rd which is beyond amazing cause I didn’t think any one would have wanted to see me live. It’s definitely given me some confidence.

merci, mercy's debut EP no thank you, no thanks out October 16.

Introduction by CLAUDIA FALLON

Image: She Is Aphrodite (@sheisaphrodite)