Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Merce Lemon - "Backyard Lover"

Photo by Justin Gordon

Pittsburgh's Merce Lemon has released what could be the song of the year. "Backyard Lover" starts off with a miniature burst of feedback, but in a quiet, almost lovely way. The song then evolves into a folk/country song heavy on steel guitar. Lemon's vocals are what truly shine in "Backyard Lover." She doesn't exactly have a traditional folk or country voice, but that's what makes the song so compelling. The song builds in intensity and becomes a little more rock based as it goes on, while still staying in the same style. The build is so slow that you almost don't notice until the guitar solo brings the entire thing to life. This is a great one that you aren't going to want to miss.

Merce Lemon says of her latest single:

“So many of my songs are touched by and explore death specifically in relation to the loss I experienced of my best friend when I was fifteen years old. That loss has forever changed me and who I am in my relationships to lovers, friends, family."

You can watch the video for "Backyard Lover" below. Watch Me Drive Them Dogs Wild is due out on September 17 via Darling Recordings, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Merce Lemon, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

7/21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere Zone One #

7/27 - Orcas Island, WA @ Dylanfest 

8/3 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge ^

8/12 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Resonant Head *

9/26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Government Center (Vinyl Listening Party)

10/3 - Catskill, NY @ The Avalon ^

10/4 - Burlington, VT @ Radio Bean ^

10/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's ^

10/8 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village

10/18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Bottlerocket

# w/ Wished Bone & Renny Conti 

^ w/ Greg Freeman 

* w/ Florry 

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