Natalie Merins has spent a long time working with bands like Jackie-O Motherfucker and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, but has finally begun to gain attention for her own project, Weyes Blood. Last year I saw her play an early set at Mexican Summer’s Five Year Anniversary celebration and was immediately won over; at the time I said her ethereal folk music, fractured by tape-loop experiments, “summed up everything great about Mexican Summer.” And that’s even clearer with her upcoming album, The Innocents.
To provide an idea of what inspires Merins: Her moniker refers to a Flannery O’Connor novel, and her album title comes from the nightmarish masterpiece The Innocents, Truman Capote’s film adaption of Turn Of The Screw. Much like those weighty sources, Weyes Blood crafts something that is gothic while indebted to American folk tradition, it’s elegantly beautiful while still being eerily unsettling. Her first single, “Hang On,” worked in a gently tweaked folk-rock style, but the new “Some Winters” is pure ghostlike majesty built from sweeping piano lines and a heart-wrenching vocal performance. Click play below and let it possess you.(via Vogue)
The Innocents is out 10/21 via Mexican Summer.