Weyes Blood is the project of multi-instrumentalist Natalie Mering who earned her stripes with experimental noise-rockers Jackie-O Motherfucker. Her haunted folk template is imbued with influences from Terry Riley to Sybille Baer and writer Anais Nin. Mering recorded Cardamom Times at her home studio at Rockaway Beach in New York using a range of vintage and contemporary instruments.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 06 October 2015
You may well remember Weyes Blood, AKA Natalie Wiseblood, as a contributor of rackets in Jackie O Motherfucker -- at this point, though, you’d better start considering her startling opposition music in its own right. Having proved herself as a fledgling new age artist as well as a folk aficionado with the wonderful ‘Innocents’, she now returns for buffer EP ‘Cardamom Times’. Beginning flushed with the kind of lush revisionist ‘70s folk Lykke Li perfected on ‘I Never Learn’, she proves her songwriting to have many dimensions, as long as it’s steeped in an abundance of patience. “Take You There” sees her sing long, stretched refrains as hands occasionally move between chords on an organ.
The picking of title track “Cardamom” is as striking and gorgeous as early Smog, but it’s coupled with the self-seriousness of a Lotte Kestner record; a voice that sounds crystal-clear and numb at the same time, with production that sounds clean but suppressed. Ultimately, though, it’s “In The Beginning” that sees each component of this EP come together as a whole: a beaming organ rapture, emotive guitar picks and a voice carried along a seabed of harmonies. As far as singer-songwriter standards go, “In The Beginning” might be the year’s greatest treasure. Go in, please.
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