A splendid and poignant 3rd release providing food for thought.
If Natalie Mering – the brilliant artist behind Weyes Blood – was next to you as you were reading this article, she might ask you to turn off your computer or smartphone and go lay in a pile of sand instead.
Front Row Seat to Earth questions the true essence of love and happiness. It also makes a point on the state of our planet. The smooth melodies and hypnotizing 70s tone of the music are in diametrical opposition with her cheeky lyrics, that sometimes feel like a punch in the face. She takes a stance – with amazing humour – against what she calls the “YOLO generation” in her track: “Generation Why”, for instance. She does not try to lecture her audience, but rather sounds sensitive to our very confusing and tech-absorbed world.
Weyes Blood is a gem on the international folk scene and it’s nice to hear something a little bit different, for once. Mering and her co-producer Chris Cohen have a true talent for composition. The songs are sublimed by Mering’s powerful and melancholic voice, reminiscent of Joan Baez or Karen Carpenter.
Mering, who’s in her late 20s now, grew up in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of two musically-minded people: Her mother was always writing songs, and her father was a professional musician in the L.A. scene of the 1970s and 80s. He wound up ditching that life to become a born-again christian.
Her family moved to Pennsylvania in 1999, and in her early teens she revolted against her parents’ religion. In high school, she read Flannery O’Connor’s book “Wise Blood,” which is where her stage alias comes from. In recent years she’s been travelling, living in a number of cities and refining her sound.