Auckland-based New Zealand singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Merk (government name: Mark Perkins) has a very particular musical vision, which he describes as "Pavement produced by George Martin." With his latest single, I'm Easy; Merk comes one step closer to realising his goals. Lighthearted, whimsical and abstract, I'm Easy pairs the nonchalant guitar jangle of '90s college alt-rock and ascendant psychedelic-pop melodies with wobbly bass notes and stargazed keyboard lines straight out of the French synth-pop playbook.
"I wrote I'm Easy with a childhood friend of mine," Mark explains. "We were sitting around the heater at his place when we came up with the lyrics and melody. Writing is just a fun thing we like to do when we get together, but I liked I'm Easy so I took what we had made and recorded it at home. It took a long time to perfect those big dumb synth sounds. They had to be ugly, but a nice ugly if you know what I mean."
Outside of his solo work as Merk, Mark also plays guitar with fellow emerging New Zealand alt-rocker Fazerdaze. From September to October, they will both attend the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal. Mark is currently recording towards his debut solo album as Merk.
I'm Easy is out now.