Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
One of our favourite artists over the last few years has been Natalie Mering aka Weyes Blood - her previous albums on Mexican Summer were sublime, but her album on Sub Pop has taken her to another level. The phantom zone, the parallax, the upside down—there is a rich cultural history of exploring in-between places. With Titanic Rising she has designed her own universe to soulfully navigate life’s mysteries. Think a cosmic Carpenters or Laurel Canyon in space.
Manoeuvering through a space-time continuum, she plays the role of melodic, sometimes melancholic, anthropologist. Tellingly, Mering classifies Titanic Rising – which was written and recorded during the first half of 2018, after three albums and years of touring - as the Kinks meet WWII or Bob Seger meets Enya. The latter captures the album’s willful expansiveness (“You can tell there’s not a guy pulling the strings in Enya’s studio,” she notes, admiringly). The former relays her imperative to connect with listeners. “The clarity of Bob Seger is unmistakable. I’m a big fan of conversational songwriting,” she adds. “I just try to do that in a way that uses abstract imagery as well.”