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Mere Women : Big Skies

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Discordant guitars open Big Skies to make it clear to anyone on the receiving end that this is no easy listening experience. Across the album’s 12 tracks Mere Women explore themes around the responsibilities that isolate and confine women, the band’s richly layered compositions impactful alongside Amy Wilson’s urgent vocals.
 
Silver and Gold’s bass line thunders into focus as Wilson’s menacing repetition makes way for a sparkling synth line, the song’s trajectory never quite linear. Doubt colours Birthday as Wilson sings “I thought I couldn’t even if I tried,” while Curse trades guitars for a somber piano, changing the pace on the mostly charged album. The second half of the album is reserved for the most forthright tracks that largely centre around strained relationships. Is This Real questions the substance of a relationship as guitars cut through to punctuate Wilson’s vocals, while Come Back pleads for someone to stay and Numb expresses significant frustration.  
 
Mere Women’s fierce intent makes for a gripping album, the band articulating the spectrum of emotions that come with feeling disconnected and defeated. With Big Skies they prove there’s an underlying power that can be unlocked from being repressed, and it’s this power that comes across the loudest on the album.