Los Angeles based trio The Mercy Beat maintain an air of secrecy. They haven't gone on record with their full names, and not much about them is known, other than they're transplanted from New York, Hong Kong, and Hawaii, and that they're named for the British Invasion-era Liverpool music newspaper Mersey Beat. (Can you can believe tabloid-format music rags once existed?) Their debut, self-titled EP comes out June 17 on the French label Oskar Recordings.
But you know what? The first song, “Sweet,” is so sublime that we won't hold their secrecy against them. With its buoyant beat and shimmering synths, it feels like summer. You can see the video below, a West Coast Sound premiere. If you like it, you can check out the group at their Monday night residency this month at the Echo.