Mehetable is Maine-based cellist and songwriter Jerusha Neely. Melding the delicate and ornate sounds of folk, chamber music, art song, and more, her debut self-titled record features collaborators David Noyes (cello, voice) and Anna Maria Amoroso Noyes (viola, voice). She will be embarking on a three week European tour to support the record this May, accompanied by drummer Peter McLaughlin (collaborator of Peter Broderick, Lina Tullgren, Matthew Shipp, Lady Lamb).
Jerusha’s musical roots began in musical theater, choirs of all sorts (even hand bells), and chamber music, eventually diving deep into classical voice in college. In earlier years, she was also heavily influenced by her parents’ eclectic record collection, and as a teen of the 90’s, listening to pop radio, especially the music of Tori Amos. In her late twenties, she found herself with a cello. While studying this new instrument, she began playing and singing in many bands around New England: Brown Bird, South China, Plains, Tiny Fires, Guy Capecelatro III, the Orchards, Hersey State, and currently Woodpainting. Beyond these groups, Jerusha has recorded and/or performed with Aepril Schaile, Micah Blue Smaldone, The Milkman’s Union, and EDT. She also performs in the PARt, a multi-faceted dance, music, and art performance piece with MorganEve Swain (Brown Bird, The Huntress & Holder of Hands), Liz Isenberg (Death Vessel, Deer Tick), and choreographer Ali Kenner-Brodsky.
Mehetable’s realm is inner life: what’s hidden, subtle, or in the details of a moment. Jerusha is often tapping into her vivid dream life and making use of space and silence; the little things that go deep, images that evoke forgotten feelings and memories. The songs on this self-titled debut explore distractions, disappointments, self-sabotage, and fear, but also small treasures, hope, and love. Most of these songs were written between late 2015 and mid 2016, and were envisioned with a small string ensemble and lots of harmonies, which Jerusha found in two of her dearest friends, Dave and Anna. Peter McLaughlin recorded and mixed the sounds at The Broken Toy Store in Portland, Maine and Caleb Mulkerin (Big Blood, Swans, Larkin Grimm) mastered them.