Merce Lemon - Moonth

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Note: 100% of all profit from this release will be donated to the Pittsburgh-based Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project. Black Unicorn centers the literary and artistic contributions of Black women, Black queer, trans people and gender nonconforming people, and honors the far reaching influence our courageous story telling has had on the lives of generations worldwide.

Merce Lemon is a singer and songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA. Heavily influenced by her childhood in the diy music scene, her current band now includes her father Greg Pierce (guitar), Alec Ebeling (drums), Jim Lingo (bass), Noa Lipsky (vox), and the occasional guest appearance of Lipsky’s father, Eric Lipsky (cello).

Having played in bands from a very young age, including a punk band called Two Dragons Black and Red between the age of ten and twelve, Lemon took a long hiatus of performing. She found her voice again while living in Seattle on her nineteenth birthday. There she met Dylan Hanwright of Great Grandpa, who recorded and performed her last two releases, Ideal For a Light Flow With Your Body and Girls Who Jump In. These songs were re-released in 2020 by Crafted Sounds under the title Ride Every Day.

After moving back to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2017, Merce recruited a new band—including her father Greg Pierce on guitar. On her new album Moonth Lemon and her band craft an intimate and starkly confessional sonic world of songs that grapple with large-scale ideas. Lemon crafts an intimate and starkly confessional sonic world of songs that grapple with large-scale ideas. The nature of identity, the body, memory, and relationships are all explored through the lens of fluidity; water is a recurring motif in Lemon’s songwriting, a fitting complement to lyrics and arrangements that draw you in like a gentle tide.

The release of Moonth was made possible in collaboration with Darling Recordings.