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Merk Announces 'Infinite Youth' Album Tour + Shares Single / Video 'Deep Dive'

Merk Announces 'Infinite Youth' Album Tour + Shares Single / Video 'Deep Dive'

Chris Cudby / Thursday 18th March, 2021 7:04AM

The stars sure are aligning for Aotearoa's mercurial indie-pop talent Merk, the songwriting nom de plume of Mark Perkins. Following a run of gemlike singles that attracted attention from the likes of SPIN, BBC Radio 6 and Clash, he'll be unleashing his second studio album Infinite Youth to the delight of fans across the globe, the keenly awaited sequel to 2016's Auckland Live Best Independent Debut winning Swordfish. Launching in early April, Merk is celebrating the record's release with his first ever headline tour, taking over venues across the nation with full band this coming May, following on from this month's online performance for SXSW Digital.

That's not all Merk's got up his wizard-like sleeve for today. You'll certainly flip out about his brand new single / video double-punch ‘Deep Dive’, the fourth tune unveiled from Infinite Youth, along with a brunch-tastic video directed by the champs at Sports Team for you to feast your eyes on, created with the support of NZ On Air. Channeling the sublime melodic visions of 20th Century Japanese City Pop into his latest release, Merk explained the literally dreamy origins of 'Deep Dive'...

“A portion of this song came to me in a dream one night, I woke up and went to the piano and recorded the demo. For that reason, it feels very surreal and separate to me. It’s one of the more pop moments on the album, a song that carries you the whole way through without changing too much. It reminds me a lot of our 80s Japanese city pop references as well as a New York New-Wave sound.

Sometimes I DJ at weddings under the name DJ Ragù and wear a chef’s hat to help bring a good vibe. I think I made an offhand reference to this weird character I perform under to Sports Team when we were hanging out once, which they must’ve remembered because when I asked them to make a video with me for Deep Dive this is the concept they came back with: A rooftop pancake party where I’m performing like a DJ but instead of flipping records, I’m flipping cakes, baby. So, we invited a bunch of people over to my house in Auckland, went up to the rooftop and chaos ensued!”

Undertheradar proudly presents...

Merk 'Infinite Youth' Album Tour

Saturday 15th May - Cassette 9, Auckland*
Sunday 16th May - Jam Factory, Tauranga [tickets available here]
Thursday 20th May - Meow, Wellington [tickets available here]
Saturday 22nd May - The Loons, Christchurch*
Sunday 23rd May - Dive, Dunedin*

*Tickets available via HERE via UTR

Press release:

To celebrate the release of his sophomore album Infinite Youth – out Fri 9 April via Humblebrag Records, Merk is heading out on his first ever national headline tour. Presented by 100% Good, 95bFM, Undertheradar, Merk with full band will play five dates across Aotearoa in May. Beginning in Tauranga and taking in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch the tour wraps up in Dunedin and will be fans first chance to hear songs from the new album performed live. Tickets for all shows go on sale 9am Monday 22 March.

A full 11 tracks, Infinite Youth examines the blurry line between adolescence and adulthood, and all the clarity and mess that comes with it. This is a record that thrives on a certain simplicity of rhythm, melody, and lyric, and is compelled by contrast: pop songs influenced by art music, an album about adulthood that reflects heavily on what it is to be young, and a sonic world that is both expansive and deeply intimate.


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Sat 15th May 7:00pm
Cassette Nine, Auckland
Sun 16th May 8:00pm
Jam Factory, Tauranga
Thu 20th May 7:00pm
Meow, Wellington
Sat 22nd May 8:00pm
The Loons, Lyttelton
Sun 23rd May 7:00pm
Dive, Dunedin