Nicole Mercedes – Stoop (Official Music Video)
Photo credit: Amanda Blohm
Debut single “Stoop” from Nicole Mercedes’ sophomore album ‘Look Out Where You’re Going’, out in April 2020
Shot entirely on 8mm
Filmmaker Stephanie Gould
Produced by Brighid Greene
Biography: “This album chronicles the end of one of those long, meaningful relationships that mark a departure from the safety of being attached to someone to the chaos of being on your own,” Nicole Mercedes says of her compelling sophomore LP, Look Out Where You’re Going, due out from the multi-instrumentalist in April.
Collaborating with producer Joe Rogers (Laura Stevenson, Rubblebucket, Deer Tick’s Andy T, etc.), and mostly recorded in her bedroom, Mercedes has achieved that elusive coexistence of brain-staining tunefulness and hauntingly evocative aura – the stuff of long afternoons gazing through rainy panes, or the throbbing craving for even temporary escape.
First single “Stoop” aptly ushers in Look Out Where You’re Going, its insistent pulse, lurking synths, and recurring guitar figures all foils for Mercedes’ subtly aching delivery and sex-positive attitude. “[It’s] about those summer nights in the city, when all you want is anyone to distract you,” she said. “To sit out on your stoop with you, drink some wine, maybe make out, and then leave just as easily.”
A timely reference to the use of social media to air-brush our lives, bittersweet second single “Filters”, due in March, finds melody in melancholy amid quasi-orchestral swells and wistful guitar. “A song about forcing yourself to go out when you know should probably stay in,” Mercedes explained.
An international artist with ambiguous roots, Mercedes laces her lyrics with self-awareness and feminism by osmosis rather than overt proclamation, attaining – like all great storytellers – wide-reaching resonance through personal recollections and realizations. Look Out Where You’re Going wraps all this in disarmingly potent dream-pop distinguished by restrained arrangements, nuanced sound design, and Mercedes’ gauzy, utterly authentic timbre.