10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer-songwriter Natalie Mering’s fourth album as Weyes Blood conjures the feeling of a beautiful object on a shelf just out of reach: You want to touch it, but you can’t, and so you do the next best thing—you dream about it, ache for it, and then you ache some more. Grand, melodramatic, but keenly self-aware, the music here pushes Mering’s '70s-style chamber pop to its cinematic brink, suffusing stories of everything from fumbled romance (the McCartney-esque “Everyday”) to environmental apocalypse (“Wild Time”) with a dreamy, foggy almost-thereness both gorgeous and profoundly unsettling.

A self-described “nostalgic futurist,” Mering doesn’t recreate the past so much as demonstrate how the past is more or less a fiction to begin with, a story we love hearing no matter how sad its unreachability makes us. Hence the album’s centerpiece, “Movies,” which wonders—gorgeously, almost religiously—why life feels so messy by comparison. As to the thematic undercurrent of apocalypse, well, if extinction is as close as science says it is, we might as well have something pretty to play us out.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer-songwriter Natalie Mering’s fourth album as Weyes Blood conjures the feeling of a beautiful object on a shelf just out of reach: You want to touch it, but you can’t, and so you do the next best thing—you dream about it, ache for it, and then you ache some more. Grand, melodramatic, but keenly self-aware, the music here pushes Mering’s '70s-style chamber pop to its cinematic brink, suffusing stories of everything from fumbled romance (the McCartney-esque “Everyday”) to environmental apocalypse (“Wild Time”) with a dreamy, foggy almost-thereness both gorgeous and profoundly unsettling.

A self-described “nostalgic futurist,” Mering doesn’t recreate the past so much as demonstrate how the past is more or less a fiction to begin with, a story we love hearing no matter how sad its unreachability makes us. Hence the album’s centerpiece, “Movies,” which wonders—gorgeously, almost religiously—why life feels so messy by comparison. As to the thematic undercurrent of apocalypse, well, if extinction is as close as science says it is, we might as well have something pretty to play us out.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

imurph22 ,

Gorgeous album

Has a timeless beauty to it. How can it sound so nostalgic and fresh at the same time? No weak tracks here, get the full album. And do yourself a favor and pick up a copy on vinyl if you have a turntable.

Mbeaulier ,

Dream Pop

If dream pop is your genre, then tmay be the album is for you. I am not a fan of the synthesized sound, but I could see a place and time where I might listen to it. All in all, not bad, and not great.

S.Lovelylove ,

Yes ! Yes! Yes!

A gorgeous record . The singer has a voice that is smoother than honey , the Instrumentals take you to another galaxy , and lyrics very well written .

Cult ,Space , 70s ( but also futuristic ) dreamy vibrational record !

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