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No thread for her so far? Touring the US at the moment and Europe next month. New album The Innocents is sounding pretty great.

you've got no fans you've got no ground (anagram), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:45 (four years ago) Permalink

love her songs, love her voice, love her overdubs

The Innocents is one of my favorites from 2014, but I hope she keeps doing the more lo-fi psychedelic thing too. I'm a big fan of "Candyboy" from The Outside Room: http://youtu.be/U-zhNVkuxv0

example (crüt), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 15:55 (four years ago) Permalink

easily the best thing I've discovered so far in my crazed trawl thru everything anyone has nominates for the 2014 polls

the innocents is a truly mesmerising piece of art that deserves to be spoken of decades from now

rae sredrum (imago), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:12 (four years ago) Permalink

I cosign the love

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:13 (four years ago) Permalink

new music video shot by a drone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxs96Mmfu7A

example (crüt), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 22:58 (four years ago) Permalink

is it pronounced "ways" or "wise"?

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:12 (four years ago) Permalink

wise

example (crüt), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:27 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q39iN1_q1g

esempiu (crüt), Monday, 8 August 2016 19:21 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

new record is nice, totally not what i expected, i thought Weyes Blood was a noise band? did i imagine seeing them live in 2011? i think i might be mixing them up with Angels in America. anyway, this record is cool, really lush & detailed production, and i feel like her voice & mitski's voice & angel olsen's voice are all very similar. female baritone? idk

flappy bird, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 19:10 (two years ago) Permalink

how have you heard it

imago, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 19:28 (two years ago) Permalink

got a promo

flappy bird, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 20:09 (two years ago) Permalink

*seethes*

imago, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 20:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Name make it seem like they're an LA chicano rap band.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 21:04 (two years ago) Permalink

the advance tracks are great, so excited for this album

imago, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:01 (two years ago) Permalink

^ Completely. The two released tracks are beautiful. Such haunting, poignant depths to her melodies. Amongst my five favourite currently active singer-songwriters.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:25 (two years ago) Permalink

it's, what, her and Mitski? then who? exactly. NOBODY

imago, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:32 (two years ago) Permalink

angel olsen, lucy dacus my other 2 singer-songwriter indie albums this year

flopson, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:41 (two years ago) Permalink

tt likes angel olsen. have never heard of dacus. will check 'em out

imago, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Weyes Blood is playing at a tiny tiny loft venue here, it's gonna be super packed and sweaty and nasty, i'm pissed

flopson, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Does Richard Dawson count? I'll work on the rest. Thanks for the recommend flopson - will definitely listen.

She's playing here in November! We saw her before and it was lovely. Another completely tiny venue over a pub.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:05 (two years ago) Permalink

it wasn't packed and sweaty because maybe 6 people had turned up to see her, because the english are shit about liking good music or something

imago, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 14:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Y'all need to check out Circuit des Yeux/Haley Fohr

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 16:12 (two years ago) Permalink

I thought I recognised the name Circuit des Yeux and I've just found it in my saved music. This new album will definitely be explored. First related artist as U.S. Girls is a huge bonus.

New Weyes Blood out October 21st, just to stay on topic...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWvmGwKiOe0

tangenttangent, Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Chicago represent!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:28 (two years ago) Permalink

heh cool Circuit Des Yeux is weird as hell, i'm into it

flopson, Thursday, 22 September 2016 23:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Weyes Blood is definitely my favourite new discovery. Enjoy the songs she did on the drugdealer record as well.

Ross, Friday, 23 September 2016 00:07 (two years ago) Permalink

All three advance singles have been INCREDIBLE. Latest one ends with an interpretation of Lay Lady Lay, following up The Outside Room's opening track and it's House Of The Rising Sun riff. Needless to say, it works spectacularly.

She's getting a massive Pitchfork push this time around, which is nice. But will they have the guts to give it 9+?

imago, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 15:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Fuck this record is so good

flappy bird, Friday, 14 October 2016 04:19 (two years ago) Permalink

AOTY

tangenttangent, Friday, 14 October 2016 15:21 (two years ago) Permalink

seriously beautiful record, so excited to get deeper into it

josh, Friday, 14 October 2016 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah I mean

imago, Friday, 14 October 2016 19:02 (two years ago) Permalink

Stunning record.

Ross, Saturday, 15 October 2016 16:33 (two years ago) Permalink

first impression: Seven Words is the best song on this, right? album seems very good, though every song's kinda the same with the trembly organ chords held for a loooong time... very nice sound but i miss some of the more peppy ramshackle buffy-st marie folky stuff like 'hang on'. maybe i'm in a bit of a glum mood and it's not helping

flopson, Saturday, 15 October 2016 21:30 (two years ago) Permalink

I put some we yes blood on last night when my gf's sister and her partner were over for dinner, and at one point when we were returning to the living room from the balcony for a cigarette, i paused and listened closely to catch the melody, and had to wait like 16 bars before I could make any sense of it! and this was the previous album which I've listened to dozens of times! the way the songs are written, with many cycling parts imperfectly overlapping, each cycle very long, it's easy to follow along if you come in at the beginning and follow along, but I really blown away by how difficult it was to reconstruct fro, within.

flopson, Sunday, 16 October 2016 14:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Do You Need My Love playing softly over the PA at a matinee im at rn

flappy bird, Sunday, 16 October 2016 16:58 (two years ago) Permalink

NOt heard the name pronounced so far, but I take it it's as in Flannery O'Connor/Foetus isn't it?

Have been impressed by what i've heard so far. So probably need to pick a few things up.

Stevolende, Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Wise Blood was also one of John Huston's last films starring Brad Dourif.

Stevolende, Monday, 17 October 2016 09:41 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Flopson is otm here - "Seven Words" stands out. This record is a gorgeous homogenous slice of beauty with very few peaks and valleys. I completely relate to the themes of reconciliation and resignation, but this feels more like music to dwell in that than fight it.

Ross, Saturday, 5 November 2016 21:33 (two years ago) Permalink

New album is beautiful! First time hearing them and I think I'm in love.

calstars, Sunday, 6 November 2016 02:01 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

It is a very impressive record, kinda unique? It's got a lot of rooted folky soul but also melodrama, but also moods that remind me of Enya... really not sure where to place it, but I like it

niels, Monday, 21 November 2016 09:27 (two years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, reminds me of Kate Bush and Shearwater too - the theatricality

niels, Monday, 21 November 2016 20:46 (two years ago) Permalink

best song is "Do You Need My Love"

niels, Monday, 21 November 2016 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm hearing that song EVERYWHERE out and about at all the same places that played Courtney Barnett's "Depreston" a year ago

flappy bird, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:01 (two years ago) Permalink

movie theaters, cabs, restaurants, public PA's i can't place

flappy bird, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:02 (two years ago) Permalink

so who's going to the gig tonight

btw this album is proper incredible like

imago, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:24 (two years ago) Permalink

In truth this album destabilizes me. I can relate to these lyrics on such a level that it's a sublime. It's a beautiful album.

Ross, Saturday, 26 November 2016 22:05 (two years ago) Permalink

She was amazing live, really amazing, and her band were perfect. Launched into a Soft Machine cover as the encore too. Hackney didn't really know what to make of her, which was a shame.

Dave Plaintive rapper with classical training (imago), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:49 (two years ago) Permalink

kinda dry production on that live session video, feels a bit lifeless

would love to see her live though

niels, Thursday, 1 December 2016 08:23 (two years ago) Permalink

aoty so far

alpine static, Friday, 5 April 2019 07:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

after how many listens? ;)

(but...yeah)

PPL+AI=NS (imago), Friday, 5 April 2019 07:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love that this and Julia Holter's "Aviary" have appeared within just a short time of each other. They're almost companion pieces to my ears.

Not hearing The Zombies in this as much as flickers of other beloved folks: Karen Carpenter (that voice!), Emmylou Harris, "I Talk To The Wind" by King Crimson ("Wild Time"), ...

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 5 April 2019 12:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love that this and Julia Holter's "Aviary" have appeared within just a short time of each other. They're almost companion pieces to my ears.

I suspect imago will have something to say about this ;)

I could not get with her first record, but this is gorgeous so far (on first listen).

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 5 April 2019 12:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

zombies comparison was mostly a reaction to how immediate and sharp yet unexpected the melodies are in this context

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 5 April 2019 12:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

bring it :)

and imago otm re "Wild Time".

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 5 April 2019 12:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, otm. I can see that.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 5 April 2019 12:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is altogether stronger than Front Row Seat to Earth, just as good as The Innocents, and almost certainly album of the year. I love how comfortably she displays her influences whilst merging them with her own radical, intergalactic folk. I hear a bit of Pet Sounds in this and, like everyone says, The Carpenters. Though lyrically and atmospherically more hopeless-seeming, I still find this way more upbeat than the last album. The first song kicking in almost killed me - I love how that bit is the first impression people new to Weyes Blood will receive.

alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Friday, 5 April 2019 14:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm new to her and think I'm going to hold off exploring her previous albums for awhile. Can't imagine them being as good as this.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 5 April 2019 14:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

People who like this will probably like Nathalie Prass' excellent debut album too (which is very different from her sophomore album from last year), much of it is in the same vein.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 5 April 2019 14:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

For some reason, I forgot she had albums before Front Row Seat, guess I need to go back and check those out too.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 5 April 2019 14:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This new album really reminds me of Heidi Berry.

henry s, Friday, 5 April 2019 15:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

<q>after how many listens? ;)

(but...yeah)

― PPL+AI=NS (imago), Friday, April 5, 2019 12:52 AM</q>

haha, you got me. fair enough. :)

answer: maybe 10 listens over a week or so? (which i'm not saying is enough to declare an album of the year.)

alpine static, Friday, 5 April 2019 16:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ah crap ...

after how many listens? ;)

(but...yeah)

― PPL+AI=NS (imago), Friday, April 5, 2019 12:52 AM (eight hours ago)

haha, you got me. fair enough. :)

answer: maybe 10 listens over a week or so? (which i'm not saying is enough to declare an album of the year.)

alpine static, Friday, 5 April 2019 16:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is gorgeous so far....don't know if anyone is into Catherine Howe's What a Beautiful Place but kinda similar vibes and equally great

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 5 April 2019 16:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also has she confirmed the title is a reference to the show Homecoming? cuz it feels like it kinda has to be

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 5 April 2019 16:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's a reference to Titanic, the movie, as she said in an interview somewhere

nostormo, Friday, 5 April 2019 20:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It reminds me of John Grant more than anything else. There's a generally similar early 70s well being drawn upon, granted, but I tend to hear it in the voice as well -- a certain, careful form of performative control. It's not a cloning or imitation, more a matter of how to use a voice to a distinct end. The relative coolness doesn't hide warmth or empathy, but there's a real sense of a guard up that, far from being forbidding, renders the music all the more empathetic as a whole.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 6 April 2019 18:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost there's this whole scene in Homecoming where this returned home war vet is telling a story about a joke they played on another soldier in Iraq who's favorite movie was Titanic, they elaborately convince him there's a sequel called Titanic Rising, and he's obsessed with getting it etc but they convince the guys at the PX to say that they can't order Titanic Rising, anyway it's a great scene and obv seems pretty weird if they both thought of it but maybe it's a coincidence who knows

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 6 April 2019 21:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

who is it that her (extremely wonderful) voice reminds me of?

mookieproof, Sunday, 7 April 2019 01:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Karen Carpenter.

Theres a lot of Todd Rundgren' Something/Anything style arrangments here,which is wonderful.

Tracks 2,3,4,8 are masterpieces imo.
Don't really care about the rest (yet?!).

Can't stand Movies.

nostormo, Sunday, 7 April 2019 04:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"It's not a cloning or imitation"

Xpost

Is it? The line between being authentic and ironuc is very thin here.
Either way, pastiche or not, i like it

nostormo, Sunday, 7 April 2019 04:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"seems pretty weird if they both thought of it but maybe it's a coincidence who knows"

She claims it's a coincidence

nostormo, Sunday, 7 April 2019 04:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I wasn’t crazy about Movies when I first heard it either, but gradually, in anticipation of the last third of the song, it has become one of the stand-outs for me.

alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Sunday, 7 April 2019 07:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mirror Forever was the one I woke up with in my head today

imago, Sunday, 7 April 2019 08:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A Lot's Gonna Change was the one I woke up with in my head today

fragglerock, Sunday, 7 April 2019 09:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm struggling to connect with this a little, it sounds lovely when it's on but it's not drawing me in as much as Front Row Seat To Earth did. If I had to put my finger what was missing this time it's the art of the sublime chord change which really elevated the best songs on the last album.

Obviously her voice is great but she sings almost everything in the same way, which kinda makes the album slip past a little without quite touching the sides.

Matt DC, Sunday, 7 April 2019 10:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is my initial feeling as well (fwiw 'Generation Why' was the highlight of FRSTE for me) but I hope to be proven wrong by the 20th spin.

pomenitul, Sunday, 7 April 2019 10:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that's pretty much what happened to me

imago, Sunday, 7 April 2019 11:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

weird that this one hit me so immediately idk

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 7 April 2019 12:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i feel sort of similarly to matt, except i do prefer this one to FRSTE. it sounds great, the songs are memorable enough, lovely arrangements etc. but i'm not really feeling that drawn to it. maybe it's just that the thing she seems to be doing very well on this album isn't really something i want out of music at the moment that much?

ufo, Sunday, 7 April 2019 13:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've just realised how incredibly much Movies reminds me of both the opening and closing theme from the Mishima OST. (Not that that's a bad thing)

alrakis morissette (tangenttangent), Sunday, 7 April 2019 13:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Funny that the one song I think is the weakest ("Movies" ) is the one most critics seem drawn to on this. Still, a near perfect album for me.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 7 April 2019 14:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is it? The line between being authentic and ironuc is very thin here.

Referring specifically to her vis a vis Grant in my comparison.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 April 2019 15:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Have been listening to this on repeat all weekend and I'm pretty sure it's a masterpiece.

Stevie T, Sunday, 7 April 2019 20:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

On first listen its a lovely album but not as good as The Innocents but one listen isn't enough.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 8 April 2019 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Movies is wonderful though.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 8 April 2019 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

This is so great. Also a little perplexed at how much love Movies is being given above all other tracks when there are so many brilliant songs here.

Chord progression on Wild Time reminds me of Karma Police.

triggercut, Monday, 8 April 2019 03:35 (one week ago) Permalink

is that an actual Glass sample on "Movies"?

Simon H., Monday, 8 April 2019 03:37 (one week ago) Permalink

The first part of Wild Time when she sings those "pa pa pa pa"'s (which can also be heard on Something to Believe) is so great.

Too bad she abandons this melody afterwards for something else.

Still, great song.

nostormo, Monday, 8 April 2019 04:09 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm so in love with this. The second half of the album is perfect. Mirror Forever and Wild Time are the ones that have been stuck in my head for the last couple of days.

triggercut, Thursday, 11 April 2019 12:30 (one week ago) Permalink

I listened to this album without knowing her previous work and at first I thought it sounded good but the songs didn't seem very memorable...
Then after listening again a couple of times, it all clicked and... wow, I love this album !
Her voice, the complex songwriting/harmonic structures, the production and arrangements... it's all fantastic.
Some melodies/chord changes may not seem very strong at first but once you get them, they're so deep and beautiful.
Agreed that "Movies" is kind of a standalone piece in the middle of an otherwise pretty cohesive album.
But it's quite something. A kind of spiritual piece.

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 15 April 2019 10:21 (six days ago) Permalink

This is such an impressively produced album, her voice is a miracle

I find the songs topically uninteresting and the melody/chord choices to be that frustrating place where the added 7ths and chromaticism just create a kind of emotional formlessness

I find the production fairly consistent but the songwriting really diverse, sometimes I hear ABBA, sometimes Jim O’Rourke, sometimes Beach House, and a lot of times Rufus Wainwright

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 15 April 2019 14:06 (six days ago) Permalink

Does anyone think her voice is a bit like Aimee Mann's? A little bit like Thom Yorke on 'Andromeda Rising' too.

aphoristical, Monday, 15 April 2019 22:37 (six days ago) Permalink

After listening to this a few more times, I think it might have been better if they had changed the tracklisting a little.

Maybe it's because I'm more familiar with the first part (including "Movies") than with the second part but I think the begining is stronger.
Especially since "Movies" is such a special and huge beast which kinda breaks the flow of the album and after it there are only 3 songs and an instrumental, the whole thing is a bit unbalanced imo ("Wild Time' is great but "Mirror Forever" and "Picture Me Better" might be the weaker tracks on the album).
I think it works better to put "Nearer to Thee" as a musical interlude in the middle of the album, after "Something to Believe", and move "Titanic Rising" and "Movies" to the end of the album (the two go well together and it's difficult to put ANYTHING after "Movies").
I've remade it that way in my spotify library !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 09:47 (five days ago) Permalink

Yep. The albun sounds better after you get used to it. Something To Believe is the best song in here. Surprised it's not a single. Yet?!

nostormo, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:13 (five days ago) Permalink

i like this but i think the last album is better

this is the type of production that scans as impressive so i'm not surprised it's gonna be seen as the best, but the last one let things breathe a bit more in a way i like better

both fine albums though

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:47 (five days ago) Permalink

‘hang on’ still her best song

flopson, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 20:04 (five days ago) Permalink

opening 7 tracks of The Innocents every bit as good as the next two albums yeah

imago, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 20:08 (five days ago) Permalink

Oh so not knowing her previous stuff I understand there’s much better stuff to discover ?
That’s good news considering how I love this album !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 20:54 (five days ago) Permalink


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