Popanz: Meskerem Mees
“Meskerem Mees enchants from the moment she opens her mouth” Consequence of Sound (USA).
Even the tone-setting Consequence of Sound Magazine from New York wrote: as soon as Meskerem Mees starts singing, something magical happens. With just her voice, an acoustic guitar and the cello of fellow musician Febe Lazou, she lets her songs blossom into ravishing gems of folk pop.
Her dream debut with the enchanting song ‘Joe’ and also the following singles ‘Seasons Shift’ and ‘Astronaut’ cemented her status as a top talent in a flash. A status that has already brought them to the Reeperbahnfestival in Hamburg, Immergut or Haldern Pop Festival, among others, and onto the stage of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival on Lake Geneva.
And now ‘Julius’ is here, a debut album to be really proud of. The melodies and choruses of the 13 songs catch the ear immediately and with unerring words – sometimes to-the-point, sometimes poetic – Meskerem captivates everyone.
Music that, had it been written half a century ago, could just as well have been penned by a Bob Dylan or a Joni Mitchell. Reduced, “less is more” and yet hypnotic songs that can touch deeply and do not push you down despite all the melancholy.
A bit like Nick Drake you think sometimes…and then you slowly realize: Meskerem Mees is something very special, unique, maybe especially in these fast moving, noisy, hectic times.