Weyes Blood, Titanic Rising (2019)
I reckon this is the album of the year – very close to it, certainly one of my standouts. And I loved Weyes Blood already, particularly her third album, but this is another level. When I reviewed this album earlier in the year I was in Melbourne, listening to the album on a loop – up very early after collapsing the night before into a massive (early) sleep after a rugged week of intense interview-work. I was exhausted. And this album was the balm. I’d already been listening to it and had been planning to celebrate it in a big, glowing write-up but I just kept listening to it; swept up and away and imagining side-narratives inspired by the song’s lyrics. I was also reading Carl Shuker’s incredible book, A Mistake at the same time. And so, happily, these two incredible artistic statements are forever merged for me. How lucky I was to have two extraordinary pieces of writing in my life at the same time – and right when I was feeling super burned-out too. More recently a Rough Trade session EP was released and here you hear the songs with neither bells nor whistles, just the purity of the voice and simple piano and guitar. And that was what reminded me I had to go and get the LP to fit into my collection. A masterpiece. And one of 2019’s most profound listening experiences for me. Just a pure work of art. We are in for a treat in 2020 when she brings her band down to NZ to perform these and other songs.
Sample Track: A Lot’s Gonna Change
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