Founded by composer and guitarist Scott Grady in 2016, the last four years for The Mercy Stone have resulted in tight grooves, catchy vocals and a landmark first album titled ‘Ghettoblaster’ back in 2017. Labelled by Progsphere as ‘a tapestry of weird and wonderful musical imagery and a masterwork of composition’, this was later followed by their 2019 album ‘Above The Towers’ which received similar acclaim. The band’s latest release is just as mesmerizing, and is only the first track from their highly anticipated upcoming LP.
Built on sublime melodies, subtle synthwork and gentle guitars, Here and There sings, blending genres sat within pop, folk and electronica – but none of that really matters. The Mercy Stone’s music doesn’t need to be wrapped up in genre definitions.
Expanding on the meaning of Here and There, Scott discusses:
“I like to have a certain amount of ambiguity in all of the songs/lyrics that I write. So, I avoid ‘on the nose’ explanations of song lyrics. However, this song obviously is dealing with images of love and its absence.”
Showcasing influences from the likes of Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend and more, The Mercy Stone’s musical catalog forges a road between popular culture, and more traditionally-focussed methods of writing and composition, which delves into deeper realms of the human psyche. With lead vocals coming from Sorell, aged just 16, it’s clear that The Mercy Stone has talent of all ages within its ranks, and 2020 looks set to be their best yet. Watch this space.