While every band’s story is unique, there are rites of passage that almost all share along the way... hurdles you either jump, or allow to become your finish line.
Following a line-up change and a frustrating hiatus, Mercurial have lived through the chapter that ends most bands. And, as Inertia Tides affirms, are far better for the ordeal.
Four years after the release of August Design – the debut that earned them steady airplay both at home on triple j, and overseas on US college radio – Mercurial have arrived with an album of broader horizons still.
Guided by intent rather than genre; Inertia Tides is the culmination of all that is Mercurial, and all that has shaped them thus far.
Facets of the band’s sound that were established with their 2006 debut reappear on Inertia Tides in a stronger and more concentrated form. The melodies burrow in deeper, the ambience reaches out further, and Mercurial’s own sense of direction is more assured and steady.
So too is the band’s flair for bringing together the organic and the electronic in such a way as to make the pair inseparable.
Most impressive though is Mercurial’s more refined ability to darken their canvas without merely throwing cans of black paint at it. Allowing their ideas to breathe and change direction, Mercurial have painted Inertia Tides carefully and thoughtfully.
And from its artwork to its lyrics, Inertia Tides is a vivid picture...
Whether it is analogised as a book of many chapters, or as a chapter of many twists; as a flowing collection of songs, the album is undeniably a winding journey.
Looked at individually, each song is a new world unto itself – a complex symbiosis of narrative, context and delivery... a world then arranged within a harmonious and complex galaxy.
Capturing the depth of the band’s vision and the grandeur of their live sound, producer Aidan Barton has brought Inertia Tides to this gripping realisation. Balancing the intricately layered songs, Barton has given the album its weight, its punch and its razor-sharp edges. So too has he given it its sense of weightlessness, its delicacy and its smoothness.
And as all of that tries to squeeze its way through two speakers, Inertia Tides is testament to both band and studio.
Mercurial’s inseparable pairing of the organic and the electronic.
Their most shining moment.
And so, having already made it through the sinister First Act, and delayed though it may have been, Mercurial are very proud to present Inertia Tides.
As the band look back upon how they got here, they know it has been worth the wait.
released September 5, 2010
Recorded in Perth, Western Australia
Produced by Aidan Barton & Mercurial
Mixed and mastered at Sovereign Studios by Aidan Barton
All songs written and performed by Mercurial
All lyrics by Brent Tunbridge
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