quintet Mermaids Exist, whose alternately luminous and
scorching debut album Losing Colour is beguiling from the
first chord to the last.
Opening salvos just don’t come more confident - or melodic
or fully formed - than this, a point presciently underscored by
the band’s 2016 Toronto Independent Music Award win for
best adult contemporary act, bestowed nearly a year before
Losing Colour’s arrival.
Clearly, the buzz is on. And with Mermaids Exist, it’s backed
up by intricate, atmospheric yet utterly accessible pop/rock
buoyed by three gifted songwriters, a pair of sibling lead
vocalists, a heap of disparate but winning influences and,
according to singer/songwriter and guitarist Jason Hopkins, a
lifetime spent seeking the note-perfect lyric...