If you haven’t already been listening to Merriment, you should do yourself a huge favor and start right now. Their debut album Sway, which dropped April 8th on Equal Vision Records, could quite honestly be described as a folk pop soundtrack to a modern day love story. These acoustic based heartfelt songs, crafted by the sister and brother duo Christine DuPree and Collin DuPree, are sure to pull on the heartstrings of any listener. The DuPrees have grown up with a musical family, label mates Eisley is comprised of their older siblings and cousins, along with their brother-in-law Max Bemis fronting another EVR artist Say Anything.
Sway takes the listener on a journey through lost love and hopeful futures. In “Tremendous Heart,” Christine vocalizes the ever present question “Why can’t the other person say what the other person wants to hear?” before offering the painfully honest answer of “don’t you know what I can’t say is that I was wrong.” The track features a upfront bass part, along with electric and acoustic guitar, making it one of the more involved tracks on the album. The album takes a more optimistic outlook on the opening track “Take Heart” while DuPree sweetly offers to “bandage up the bad parts, spend just one more day apart, and maybe we’ll see what we can be.” One of the more upbeat tracks on the album is “Backwards,” a guitar driven tune about falling for someone or something that will most likely never be. Sway closes out with “Unhinged,” a beautiful little song featuring Christine telling her paramour “if i tried to measure my whole heart babe, its a bit uneven, it sways your way,” while accompanied by a bright acoustic guitar and light strings.
With a debut album this carefully crafted, containing beautiful lyrics about life and love, Merriment are surely at the start of a wonderfully promising musical future!