Following the unexpected death of his mother, Conrad Merced picked up his guitar after a ten year hiatus and began writing songs for the album “Tender Beats.” This lush collection of songs feature catchy finger-style acoustic guitar backed behind atmospheric, digital textures and drum machines to create a unique blend of ambient electronic-folk.
Conrad teamed up with engineer Rick Riggs at Handwritten Recording Studio to help shape and bring to life his wall of sound. The album could have easily stood alone as a folk album but with the composition of orchestral instruments, vintage synthesizers and electronic drum machines, the album bends genres without compromising its melody and thoughtful lyrics. Conrad’s songs have been described as “Nick Drake meets Roxy Music” and “Elliott Smith meets Radiohead.”
The themes of the album touch on dealing with the loss and death of a loved one, reflections on aging, overcoming writer’s block, breaking up, falling in love, and a nostalgia piece about growing up in the 90’s to immigrant parents.
Songs worth the listen:
Thirty Five – A great summer single, features an great piano and string melody
A Dog In The Fight – Dealing with growing up with immigrant parents in the 90’s
Ghostwalking – A dark synthesizer and drum machine heavy song about losing a loved one
Tender Beats will be self-released July 23, 2019 on all streaming platforms, digital download and vinyl pre-order. Vinyl records will be available in select record stores mid-August.