According to The Hype Machine
, as of this post, IGIF
is the only blog to recognize Conrad Lambert a.k.a. Merz
as undoubtedly one of the most talented artists to come out of the past couple years. What the friggin’ f*ck?! It’s an immeasurable shame that Merz has gone so overlooked and underappreciated. On a friendly hint via email, I picked up his 2005 release Loveheart
the other day…every single track is stunningly orchestrated and complex…so much so that it’s hard to believe it’s the work of one man. Despite the lack of attention from the blogging world, Merz has gained some pretty prestigious support over the length of his career:
“In the airbrushed teen market, he might be deemed no oil painting, but to the trained eye he resembles Vincent Van Gogh. Lend him your ears” – Evening Standard
“Merz sounds like nobody else in the world and the world would be alright if it listened to nobody else. We absolutely love him.” – Chris Martin, Coldplay
See that? Chris “Word-of-God” Martin! If that’s not enough to get you punks to listen, I don’t know what is. Open your ears and check out these tracks, all highly recommended:
[MP3] Merz – Postcard From A Dark Star
After his 1999 debut, Conrad seemingly disappeared into isolation, emerging 6 years later with Loveheart. Little is known what went on during that time, but much of that isolation and perhaps depression can be sensed in this opening track. A companion to the simple yet mesmerizing piano, Lambert’s voice yearns for “Contact / my only wish is contact / my only dream is contact.”
[MP3] Merz – Dangerous Headly Love Scheme
I don’t know what is about the harpsichord, but for me it adds so much character to a song, as long as it’s used well. Merz implements it in this case with a melodically latin feel…it almost sounds like he’s soloing with it the whole time. Combined with the backing vocals and xylophone (?), it makes for a perfect love song (or one of love lost).
[MP3] Merz – Verily
[MP3] Merz – Butterfly
Do yourself a favor and go buy Loveheart now, it’s completely worth it.