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Weyes Blood: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Dec. 11, 2019 | Robin Hilton—For most of her performance at the Tiny Desk, Nataile Mering, the transfixing voice behind Weyes Blood, sang with her eyes closed, lost and blissed out in the gently sweeping sounds. She didn’t say a word until just before the last song, when she smiled and thanked everyone for coming. But you could feel the warmth and beauty and yearning in what was a tranquil, stirring set.

Mering and the other members of Weyes Blood kept the mix simple and restrained — a strummed guitar, two-part harmonies, a brushed beat — but still managed to re-create the majesty and wonder of the band’s latest release, Titanic Rising, one of 2019’s loftiest and most layered albums. The group played three cuts from the record, opening with “Andromeda,” an astral ode to love, followed by the awestruck “Wild Time” and “Picture Me Better,” a heartbreaking remembrance of a friend who died by suicide while Mering was working on the album.

Much of Weyes Blood’s sound and vibe is rooted in ‘70s folk-pop traditions, with mystical themes of rambling on to find meaning and purpose. Mering’s flawless voice recalls Karen Carpenter (though Mering says she doesn’t care much about The Carpenters) and her melodies and progressions channel Joni Mitchell as much as Harry Nilsson. For this performance, Mering wore an all-white suit, a popular style of the era, and played a vintage acoustic Guild she bought “from an old folksinger who had lived in London in the ‘70s and played a lot.” But, Mering later wrote in an email, the woman “played her last show, placed her guitar in the case and barely touched it until I bought it in 2016.” Much like the journey of that guitar, Weyes Blood’s appearance at the Tiny Desk was a beautiful trip.

SET LIST
”Andromeda”
”Wild Time”
”Picture Me Better”

MUSICIANS

Natalie Mering: vocals, guitar; Eliana Athayde: vocals, bass; Walt McClements: keys, vocals; Stephen Heath: guitar; Andres Renteria: drums

CREDITS

Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, James Willetts; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri, Jack Corbett; Associate producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Mhari Shaw/NPR

Movies

This is how it feels to be in love

This is life from above

There’s no books anymore

I’m bound to that summer

Big box office hit

Making love to a counterfeit

Why did so many

Get a rise out of me

I love the movies

 

Some people feel what some people don’t

Some people-watch until they explode

The meaning of life doesn’t seem to shine like that screen

 

Put me in a movie and everyone will know me

You’ll be the star you know you are

 

The movies I watched when I was a kid

The hopes and the dreams

Don’t give credit to the real things

I love the movies

 

I know the meaning

I know the story

I know the glory

I love movies

 

I wanna be in my own movie

I wanna be

I wanna be the star of mine

Of my own, my own

My own

I wanna be, the star

 

I wanna be

I wanna be the star of mine

Of my own, my own

My own

 

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Music and Lyrics by Natalie Mering

Directed by Natalie Mering

Director of Photography Micah Van Hove

1st A.C. Joe Marine

Additional Photography Brett Stanley

Edited by Micah Van Hove and Natalie Mering

 

Cast:

Elaine Kahn / Robert Funke / Edgar Arellano  / Mary Devoe / Natalee Decker / Mark Lawrence / Mike Baker / Ramona Rose Parrotta  / L.S. Jefferson / Alex Caragliano / Clarissa Camaeho / Brianna Pauda / Chris Morris / Gojen Rajkumar / Gabriel G Alvarez / Monica Zhang / Erick Ponce / Alyssa Gonzalez  / Melissa Ribeiro / Nicholas Meave / Neil Martau / Christine Ribeiro / Joshua June

 

"Movies" taken from Titanic Rising, out April 5th, 2019 on Sub Pop Records. www.weyesblood.com

Everyday

Music and Lyrics by Natalie Mering.

"Everyday" taken from Titanic Rising, out April 5th, 2019 on Sub Pop Records.

www.weyesblood.com

 

Directed by Natalie Mering

Director of Photography by Micah Van Hove

Editing by Doug Lussenhop

Hair and Make Up by Rebecca Abraham

Special Effects by Charlie Wall and Sarah Vorel

Starring: Molly Lewis, Buck Meek, Enrique Tena Padilla, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Nikki Smith, David Anthony Tassy, Luke Trumble

Generation Why

Weyes Blood - Generation Why / From Front Row Seat To Earth
Credits: Director: Natalie Mering / Editor: Jeffrey Reeser / Director of Photography: Micah Van Hove / 1st Assistant Camera: Journey Wade-Hack
Featuring: Michael Collins / Shags Chamberlain / Natalie Mering