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Here is a video for my song “Wild Time” that was shot on 16mm pre-Pandemic, then edited together during isolation. Felt like the right time to let this video out into the world, seeing as we’re all getting saddled down by some pretty grim realities. This song is about yearning for wildness and Mother Nature in a time of chaos. It’s for sensitive people who worry about the fate of humanity and feel powerless to do anything about it.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking apocalyptic thoughts and realizing that won’t get you anywhere. What if the world has always been ending? What if the sprawl of our cities are just as wild as the forests? What if climate change and the destruction of our natural habitat is a reflection of the nature within us, however sublimely horrifying and hard to understand?  We’re animals, we play out a very precarious drama of life, and we grasp for what’s left of the protective womb – but maybe the notion that we’re somehow separated from her is an illusion. Maybe it is, truly, a wild time to be alive. Maybe getting in touch with that as a culture and society would avert the worst case scenarios of ecological crisis and existential dread.

If you’ve gotten this far, wow, thank you for actually taking the time to read this. In other news, as you may have assumed, I am cancelling all of my headline shows for 2020, but I’m beginning to work on my next album that will come out in 2021- a different time, when hopefully we can see each other face to face once again.

Weyes Blood “Wild Time” from Titanic Rising (Released April 5th, 2019)

Weyes Blood’s Titanic Rising is one of the Best Albums of 2019.  The closing track of Weyes Blood’s Titanic Rising also cites “Nearer, My God” in both name and mournful strings, but where the album vastly succeeds as a doomsday document is in its coverage of the joy, panic, resigned apathy, and beauty that comes with being alive as our planet is so obviously dying.

Natalie Mering’s previous three records as Weyes Blood drew from Laurel Canyon’s surrealist lineage to make psych folk that felt loosely tethered to earth, but Mering finds otherworldliness in straightforwardness on Titanic. Opener “A Lot’s Gonna Change” swells into a cinematic elegy to climate stability and youthful optimism, but one song later, Mering’s in interstellar love on the Flying Burrito Brothers–tinged space opera “Andromeda.” There’s no shortage of attentional leaps on Titanic Rising, whether Mering’s launching a musical-worthy inquiry into dependable love (“Everyday”), writing letters to dead friends (“Picture Me Better”), or disappearing into her favourite movies (fittingly, on “Movies”).

“Everyone knows you just did what you had to,” Mering reassures on “Wild Time,” its title an emotionally depleted answer to being alive amidst climate changes. It might as well serve as a quasi-pull quote for Titanic, an album that spans galaxies to consider whether it’s possible to give undivided attention to both our planet and our emotional sanity. Mering never really finds an answer to that question, but her record is all the more relatable for lack of one.

Weyes Blood made her TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers performing “Everyday” from Titanic Rising – which has been universally acclaimed and you can watch the July 16th performance right here

Weyes Blood’s “Something to Believe Tour” .

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Weyes Blood has released alternate takes of tracks from her 2019 critically acclaimed album “Titanic Rising”. Compiled on an EP titled Rough Trade Session, the set is available now via her label Sub Pop Records.

As end-of-year-list compilation season moves into full swing, most of us have probably been revisiting Weyes Blood’s staggering April release Titanic Rising. The baroque, psychedelic, and very much Jonathan Rado produced LP—and Natalie Mering’s first released via Sub Pop Records caught our ears over six months ago, but now you can hear a handful of the album’s singles anew courtesy of Rough Trade.

Streaming on DSPs worldwide today, Weyes Blood’s Rough Trade Session was recorded by Ariel Rechtshaid, and features a straightforward version of the ethereal  “Wild Times,” as well as slight reworkings of “Everyday,” the anthemic “Something to Believe,” and “A Lot Has Changed” (retitled “A Lot’s Gonna Change”). The alternate takes are stripped down and intimate, with Weyes Blood’s vintage, velvety vocals looming over piano chords.

The Rough Trade Session cover art is from the same photoshoot as Titanic Rising, featuring an underwater bedroom Weyes Blood designed herself.The release comes on the verge of yet another set of tour dates, these ones spanning Europe and Australia through 2020.

There is a stately magnificence about this album which sees Weyes Blood building ornate orchestral pop symphonies for listeners to drift on, as captivating layers of strings and synths swirl to dramatic effect.

Weyes Blood has come up for air with her fourth album Titanic Rising – a poetic image, considering the album artwork shows her submerged in water.

It’s a dignified and celestial body of work which has us floating in the Atlantic. Look out for Andromeda and Movies to transport you to another world, but from start to finish, it’s a beaut.

“Movies” taken from Titanic Rising, was released April 5th, 2019 on Sub Pop Records. http://www.weyesblood.com

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Weyes Blood aka Natalie Mering  is now four albums into her career. This is an excellent starting point for the uninitiated. Echoes of George Harrison, Carpenters, Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren, Philip Glass, and even Enya (in the voice layering department, she admits) all come ringing out of various songs.

This album could have happily lived in any decade across the past 50 years, yet it still feels so connected to today. By processing her memories, ideals, and other layers of her subconscious, she lands on at outlook that only spells survival and strength to me. It’s a beautiful record, in all senses. Beautifully strong, vulnerable, open, reassuring, and to pun on her name, wise.

‘Titanic Rising’ (Released: April 5th, 2019)

Santa Monica’s Natalie Mering, who records lush, idiosyncratic folk music under the name Weyes Blood, is returning next month with new album Front Row Seat To Earth. We’ve already heard first single “Seven Words” and the rest of the LP continues spinning further and further into ’70s West Coast singer-songwriter territory. New song “Do You Need My Love” is a sumptuously orchestrated odyssey that shoots out into space about halfway through its spellbinding six minutes, and you can (and should) listen below.

Weyes Blood Announces New Album, Shares Video For “Seven Words”

Natalie Mering aka Weyes Blood is returning with a brand new album her third album for Mexican Summer titled “Front Row Seat To Earth”.

returns with her third album for Mexican Summer, Front Row Seat To Earth.

For the record’s introduction she is sharing a video for the gorgeous single “Seven Words.” The Charlotte Linden Ercoli Coe directed clip weaves a narrative of leaving somewhere and something that may feel comfortable to get back to where one belongs melding perfecting with the enveloping warmth of the soundtrack. In a statement about the song Mering said,
“‘Seven Words’ is a wanderer’s tale, a well-worn subgenre in the tradition of farewell songs. The tune itself is trying to evoke the familiar act of leaving somebody in order to save them, or continue seeking. ‘These seven words’ are actually ‘these seven words I say to you,’ implying that words cannot express the feeling of leaving somebody you love.. Likewise the video takes a sideways glance at the weathered symbolism of transforming into a creature that can no longer survive in its previous form.”
Watch the endearing and at times goofy video here and check out the album’s cover art .

Weyes Blood – Bad Magic  From the LP, The Innocents (LP|CD|MP3) The invention of the drone camera may have changed low budget music videos, and, for that matter, low-budget filmmaking forever. A few years ago, you would’ve needed a helicopter to get these scenes of sweeping natural beauty. And for some reason, the shots of Natalie Mering adoringly lifting the drone into the sky just kill me. Weyes Blood’s new album ‘The Innocents’ will be available in LP / CD / Digital formats was released October .

Ocassionally you hear a piece of music that tries to break through those constructs of the norm, and even the most open minded of music nerds have to shift how their ears listen to things to understand what the hell is going on. That’s what I had to do in listening to the music of Natalie Mering, who records under the moniker Weyes Blood.

With her newest album The Innocents, Mering is making something closer to modern day chamber music tinged with an indie rock/folk feel it. It’s eerie, yet beautiful, and its music coming from a vulnerable place, influenced by experimental music of many ages throughout musical history.