On his new album Infinite Youth, New Zealand artist Merk examines the blurry line between adolescence and adulthood, and all the clarity and mess that accompanies that blurring. This is a record that thrives on a certain simplicity of rhythm, melody, and lyric, and is compelled by contrast: pop songs influenced by art music, an album about adulthood that reflects heavily on what it is to be young, and a sonic world that is both expansive and deeply intimate.
Infinite Youth is an album that is on its most basic level homemade: iPhone voice memos abound, Perkins’ aunt’s voice lingers in the background of one track, a crappy USB interface and borrowed gear make up so much of the work’s foundation.
An album that will capture you on first listen and then reward your every repetition, Infinite Youth reintroduces Merk and invites you, warmly, into his orbit.
In celebration of his new album, Merk is heading out on tour in New Zealand.
Saturday 1 May – Jam Factory, Tauranga
Saturday 15 May – Cassette No. 9, Auckland
Thursday 20 May – Meow, Wellington
Saturday 22 May – Loons Theatre, Christchurch
Sunday 23 May – Dive, Dunedin
Stream Infinite Youth on Spotify now.