Weyes Blood – “Used To Be”

Weyes Blood’s highly anticipated album Front Row Seat To Earth is finally out today, and, considering its absolutely stunning, already securing a few nods for one of the year’s best. In her fourth album under the name, singer/songwriter/producer Natalie Mering channels late 60’s folk and the softer side of 70’s psychedelic rock, fusing it with the strange and unexpected. Her mellifluous voice acts as the binding force to the gorgeous instrumentals, sounding like everyone from Karen Carpenter to Judy Collins – but always returns to her own unique persona. “Used To Be,” our favorite from the album tied with “Do You Need My Love,” explores this beautifully, as stark, rich piano chords perfectly punctuate the thick, passionate swell in Mering’s vocals. It continues to build and rise in intensity until the very end, where brass instrumentals and rush to cushion Mering’s fall back to the harsh nature of reality. It’s an absolutely brilliant song, as is the new album, and definitely worth a thorough listen.

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