Mesita - Distance

Bands You Need To Know: Meista, Us Baby Bear Bones, MTNS

Words by Hugh McClure.

Meista (USA)
Sounds like: Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer

Mesita is the solo project of Colorado native James Cooley. The prolific young producer has already released three EPs and three full length albums over the past five years, with his XYXY EP being the latest.

A real mix of genres which could only be described as experimental pop, his songs are a fantastical exploration of music bound to lead you to distraction (of the best kind). It’s interesting to really dig into his full catalogue of music to enjoy the musical journey this talent has taken. |


Us Babay Bear Bones (UK)
Sounds like: Polica, Zola Jesus, Warpaint

A friend of mine is living over in London at the moment, and from time to time she sends me over tunes from local UK acts she’s come across. This week she alerted me to Brighton trio Us Baby Bear Bones, and she’s really done herself proud on this find.

If you like your pop music dark and ghostly, these guys will be right up your alley. The vocal interaction between Puff Gandolfo and Daisy Emily Warne is stunning, and moulds in perfectly with the band’s sharp percussion, ethereal soundscapes and well utilised sampling. |


Sounds like: Active Child, Baths, Purity Ring

Continuing on today’s ethereal theme, Brisbane three-piece MTNS are bound for great things, with their first single, ‘Lost Track of Time,’ a great indication of the promise this act holds. Having already been added to rotation on Triple J, it’s a track which pairs seamless electronic layering with vibrant beat production and Tom Eggert’s genderless vocals.

MTNS will be appearing at the upcoming BigSound conference (which we’ll be attending) as one of the Triple J Unearthed Winners. Expect to hear a lot more from this talented trio shortly. |

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