WEYES BLOOD ★★★★
Melbourne Recital Centre, February 26
Melbourne Zoo Twilights, February 28
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, March 7
Golden Plains Festival, Meredith, March 8
Corner Hotel, Richmond, March 9
What do you get when you cross ’70s folk with the noughties generation and a pinch of gothic? Weyes Blood, maybe.
Californian native Natalie Mering is in high demand with fourth album Titanic Rising more accessible than her previous releases but no less compelling.
Weyes Blood’s (pronounced “Wise Blood”, after the Flannery O’Connor novel) distinctively retro, clean and earthy vocals are the perfect foil for themes of environmental anxiety and generational angst, imbuing them with the kind of emotional clarity that can sometimes elude songwriters who venture into political territory.