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We're Merlot Embargo, a collective of humans from Los Angeles headed by singer/songwriter and guitarist/producer pair (and wife/husband) Scarlet and Geoff. We write and record out of our home studio and perform throughout Southern California.
In December 2014 we walked away from a nearly fatal automobile accident, and left the scene wondering what we'd have regretted if we'd been killed, and the answer was immediately apparent: not pursuing our own music. This brush with death unleashed a flood of drive and creativity that propelled us to form Merlot Embargo and leave our creative stamp on the world.
We duo recruited (bassist) Jeremy, (drummer) Lonn and some El Paso transplants, video game composers Dave and Ben to complete their sound. Truth be told, we had been playing with these guys for years in other projects, and knew they were the right for for Merlot Embargo. Their years of musical experience and good taste led us in musical directions we'd not have arrived at on their own . Expanding on Scarlet's sultry and powerful voice and Geoff's groovy guitar-ing, these guys helped develop our indie/americana/soul/pop sound into something both bigger and subtler. "A modern-day, unconventional family band" is how Scarlet describes the group.
Made entirely in our makeshift home studio, we dropped our debut record, Don't Look Back, in 2016, and have been excited about the response from both fans and critics ("gripped with beautiful melodies and heart-felt lyrics," "moments of creativity and risk-taking," "taking the listener beyond the music and into the life of the artist"). We've slowed up a bit when our daughter was born in early 2017, but have caught our breath and are back at it, and are releasing as many singles, music videos, and covers as we can manage.
While we're really proud of the music we've created this far, but we're hard at work on new material! Stay tuned for new songs, music videos, covers, inside scoops, and more by signing up for our email newsletter or following us on Facebook or Instagram!