Song: Mediocre at Best
Release: October 2018
Genre: Singer-Songwriter/ Indie-Folk
Reviewer: Emily Nettle
Record Label: Whisk and Key
Mixer: Anna Laverty at Tender Trap Studios, Melbourne
For Fans Of: Alex Lahey, Angie McMahon, Jess Locke, Bec Stevens
Next Gig: November 8 at The Gasometer, Collingwood Vic
“I fill my home with broken things, wonder why walking through the door still stings”
'Mediocre at best' is the latest single from Melbourne singer-songwriter Eaglemont, and if there was ever a song to make you feel like shedding nostalgic - just moved out of home and feeling a little bit homesick - tears, this is it.
On first listen it was apparent that one of Bridgette Jessop’s (singer-songwriter of Eaglemont) biggest influences was Alex Lahey. The way she drags out the lyrics in Mediocre at Best to make them sound almost effortless, is very characteristic of what you’d hear in many of Lahey’s songs. However, Jessop has put an individual twist on things, adding in, almost Jungle Giants sounding guitars and light drums, just enough to get you grooving.
Lyric wise, the song seems to be about questioning her own abilities and why she is living the way she is living; “The industry is consuming me” and “I know I can make it myself, do it on my own” seem to be portraying snippets of a coming of age story. It is these sorts of lyrics that make 'Mediocre at Best' a charming display of what Jessop has to offer as a singer-songwriter and is a wonderful way to follow up her 2017 EP "All I Think About Is Everything", which is available to listen to, or download on Spotify and Bandcamp.
Make sure to check out Eaglemont’s next gig at the Gasometer on the 8th of November.
Triple J Unearthed
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 5/5
Personal Enjoyment: 10/10