Welcoming… Mesita

It’s been a while since our last Welcoming… post, so it seemed necessary to make this one a big deal, so welcome to the stage, Littleton, Colorado’s Mesita.

The moniker of James Cooley, Mesita is a self-produced and self-managed music project, which finds a balance between the worlds of indie rock and contemporary electro-pop. Cooley’s work has found itself used on series such as the US version of SKINS and also Mistresses with his track Somewhere Else from the 2011 LP Here’s To Nowhere being featured on both, now amassing over 1 million plays on Spotify alone.

If you start with Somewhere Else, you can immediately see the appeal to stick the track on a series of SKINS. It’s charmingly simple indie-folk sound is an instant pleaser, conjuring up sun-drenched smiles, that glide around isolated lakes, all while happily crooning along to Cooley’s sweetly sung lyrics.

However, it’s not just sweet, folk-styled guitar music from Mesita.

His latest tracks Spirits, Ritual, Compliments and most recently Spiralling all see a flare of electronica infiltrating his guitar work, which can also be heard on earlier releases such as his 2014 LP, The Phoenix, which has a clear Crystal Castles influence.

Spiralling is another joyous occasion within Mesita’s discography, as clean-cut indie finds itself hand in hand with grooving electro-pop that’s not too far away from the likes of LIF. With a glittery kaleidoscope of synths trickling down up Mesita’s sliding guitar hooks, it’s Summer personified in just under 4 minutes.

  • What can I expect?

A blend of tropical pop/indie pop with hints of electronica that nods to trip-hop.

  • When will they release new stuff?

Spiraling was released on Monday and Mesita’s 7th LP Sevenths is still due to have a release date, so keep a lookout.

  • Where can I find their music?

Absolutely everything is on their Bandcamp, all 12 releases (some singles in with LPS), as well as on Spotify.

  • Will I like them?

For fans of: Neon Indian, Swimming Tapes, LIF, Alt-J

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