Album Notes - Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

Album Notes - Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

December 14, 2019

This one came out back in April but is yet another that seems perfect for the season. 

California-born, Pennsylvania-raised Natalie Mering's fourth album as Weyes Blood provides a modern take on some familiar sounds. Whether it’s the Beatlesque orchestrations coupled with some seriously George Harrison slide guitar, shades of Beach Boys melodic themes, or early 70s Southern California songwriting, Mering crafts exquisite tunes overflowing with nods to the past while maintaining equal footing in the present. Titanic Rising sounds right at home alongside contemporaries like Father John Misty or Sharon Van Etten, with a little of Julia Holter's off-kilter sensibilities thrown in for good measure.

Mering's sentiments are best exemplified in the opening and closing lines of the album. “If I could go back to a time before now,” she muses in "A Lot's Gonna Change," before concluding "Picture Me Better" singing, "Waiting for something with meaning to come through soon." She ruminates on timeless themes of love, a fear of falling, and broken hearts throughout. Titanic Rising arguably crests on “Wild Times,” the most elegantly subdued take on the realities of living in our current times. Sadness and doubt never sounded so lush.