With a mood that mirrors her home state of Louisiana, Merci Raines writes pop songs with an undeniable dark side. She credits her “witch pop” sound to the inspiration she has found in New Orleans and it’s many eccentric corners and characters. Walking the city at dusk, she has been influenced not only by the classic jazz musicians flooding the city, but the street performers and more alternative acts as well. Her first introduction to music, though, was tagging along to her mother’s band rehearsals as a child and sneaking into shows whenever she could get through the venue doors. With spellbinding vocals, driving beats, and a sometimes cinematic flair, Merci Raines conjures the essence of a city best known for its eclectic character and mystique. Her songs range from ghostly and enigmatic to danceable exclamations of perseverance.