Friday 5 July 2019
Indie songwriter deconstructing intimacy

There is something comfortingly classic about Weyes Blood, yet she sounds like no one else. She’s trying, in her own words, to be both futuristic and ancient at once.

Natalie Mering grew up in a family of musicians, singing in gospel choirs. She quickly realised that he had to forge her own path and self-released her debut album in 2011. The indie label Mexican Summer discovered her and wisely decided to sign the young American.

She followed up with an album in 2014, but her breakthrough came with the acclaimed Front Row Seat to Earth in 2016. With this album, Mering really found her voice as a melodic, sometimes melancholic, anthropologist. She deconstructs intimacy, often singing with a powerfully casual distance but never disconnected from the rest of the world.

Weyes Blood is conversational songwriting with plenty of meditative elements and levitating arrangements. Her new album, Titanic Rising, is released on Sub Pop. She has described it as “Bob Seeger meets Enya”. And yes, of course, she named it after the movie.

Weyes Blood might be understated, but she is an indie blockbuster.