Toronto-based synth pop duo Mear — Frances Miller and Greg Harrison — can trace their origins to when the pair met while working at renowned music venue Massey Hall. Shortly after meeting, Miller and Harrison began collaborating by sending tracks back and forth through social media.
Through the release of their debut EP, 2016’s Flood and a handful of singles, the Canadian synth pop duo have established a sound and approach that pairs catchy melodies and poignant lyrics with the duo’s shared love of experimental music. Their single “Perfect Mess” was released to praise by The East, edm joy and OMGblog and was named a “Song You Need to Hear This Week” by CBC Music.
Their full-length debut, Soft Chains is slated for an April 22, 2022 release. The album’s latest single “Second Sight” is a cinematic bit of pop centered around shimmering synth arpeggios and skittering reverb-drenched beats paired with Miller’s gorgeous and expressive vocals. While sonically recalling Flourish//Perish era BRAIDS, Kinlaw and ACES, the song as the duo explain “is about someone, who is grappling with a memory that holds them back. It’s about a confrontation and making it out on the other side.”
Edited by Mear’s Frances Miller, the accompanying video for “Second Sight” pairs the live action expressive dancing of choreographer and dancer Katherine Semchuk with the flowing animation of Kristen-Innes Stambolic. The visual manages to evoke a difficult and exhausting inward struggle that ends with the video’s protagonist coming out of the other side with an inner peace.