Australian/English savant of purposeful pop, Mereki today returns with her new single "Presence." Whilst in a writing room above the studio where Dhani Harrison and Graham Coxon of Blur were recording, Mereki was inspired by the guitars reverberating through the walls and began singing a melody that became the first verse. After sharing her melody with Harrison, the two were motivated to work together to complete Mereki's composition. "Presence" displays Mereki's ability to merge healing messaging with an irresistible dance beat. With a robust and accomplished songwriting and recording career attached to her name, she is now ready to move into an era focused on her own music – Stream.
On today’s release, Mereki said, “I’m not saying that I’m enlightened and I live in ‘Presence’ all the time, far from it, I’m just trying to say that I know what it is when I can, and it's so beautiful. I want to share that with people because I truly believe that when I can pull myself back into the present moment, really ‘be here now’, then everything is so lovely. I want that for me, and for you, and for everyone. My mind gets the better of me all the time and I need to train it not to, and I guess this song is kind of an anthem for that.”
Today’s single is accompanied by an official video directed by the Bunbun Collective. Starring Mereki herself, viewers are taken on a fairytale journey following a princess trapped in the confines of her own mind, hair wild, wearing a princess dress, riding off into the distance on a red quad bike, challenging the idea that spirituality can’t be fun or wild or messy. Through the course of the video, fleeing into the simplicity of childlike wonder and imagination provides the ultimate form of escapism and living in the present moment.
Earlier this year, Mereki made her UK live debut at the legendary Glastonbury Festival amidst headlining around London. All the while, she has been putting the final touches on an upcoming body of work.
Mereki and her Be Kind charity will be running a Presents for Presence fundraiser campaign throughout this holiday season in partnership with The Happy Baby Community. The campaign will raise money, awareness, and much needed supplies for asylum-seeking new mothers and their babies. The Happy Baby Community provides a holistic approach to healing which includes long term support for both mothers and children.
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