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Front Row Seat To Earth

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The new Weyes Blood record, Front Row Seat To Earth, is the folk music of the near future. Natalie Mering, the being behind Weyes Blood, embeds her sublime song in a harmonic gauze of arpeggiated piano, acoustic guitar, druggy horns, and outer space electronics. Propulsive, spare drums carry us across the album’s course.

There is a faded California beauty to Front Row. A gentle honesty that recalls the finest folk music made on the West Coast of the ‘70s. The hue hangs in the sweet-spooky harmonies, the pulsing sway of the vibrato, and the ecstatic chord resolves. It is the joyful release of energy as the song delicately unfolds from intro to extrospection.

But this beauty is scratched with shadow; with dark foreboding, alienation, and acceptance of change. Love and loss balance together in suspended alchemy, as the earthiness of the singer-songwriter tradition wears digital sounds like feathers in its hair. Mering, together with co-producer Chris Cohen and some special guests, contrasts live band intimacy with the post-modern electric sheen of A.M. radio atmospherics. The experimental flourishes sparkle amid the succinct, thoughtful arrangements.

The closeness of this record - how personal, alone, and frank it feels - conceals its aspirations to the outside, to the "Earth" of its title. Weyes Blood harbors devastating weight while also universalizing the strange ways of identity and relationships. These are not typical love songs or protest songs -- they are painful, poignant riddles that celebrate the ambiguity of love and affirm the conflict of harmonious life within a disharmonic world.

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released October 21, 2016

All songs written by: Natalie Mering

Published by: Secretly Canadian Publishing (BMI)

Produced by: Natalie Mering and Chris Cohen

Engineered by: Chris Cohen

Mixed by: Kenneth Gilmore

Mastered by: David Ives

Artwork by: Evan Howard Hill

Photography by: Katie Miller

Layout by: Rob Carmichael, SEEN

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Track Name: Diary
I stand apart from the rest 
I had so much to give
where does my life go 
those close to me may know 
I've squandered my time 
got rid of that dream of mine
and now you can't stay 
please baby, don't go away 

just give 
me more time 
I'll change my mind 
I'll change 
I'll change 

I stand apart from the rest 
I now must confess 
I play a selfish game 
only I'm the one to blame 
I have squandered my mind 
got rid of that dream of mine
and now you gotta leave 
baby take pity on me
we can leave all the pain behind 
gettin rid of that vice of mine 

just give
me more time 
I'll change my mind 
I'll change 
I'll change 

I'll change my mind, I'll change 
Track Name: Used to Be
In spite of being so late 
to the game 
I won't fight fate 
or lose my place 

used to be the one 
that knew me
saw through me 
used to be the one 
that knew

and every morning
when I rise 
those cold blue eyes
aren't here too
the worst came true
the binds that break and shatter off
when you fall down 
from the top
and your heart stops 

used to be the one 
that knew me 
saw through me 
used to be the one
that, knew me
you used 
to be, the one that
knew me 

you used to be the one 
Track Name: Be Free
It's sad to dream 
It constantly seems 
like there's no light at the end 
of my tunnel 
false dreams and promises 
how do I get through to you 
tried to do 
the best I could 
loved you just like a girl should 
somewhere 
I got stuck on you

It's just the two of us
and I want you to be free 
don't worry about me 
I got my thing 

stay close to the edge
and try to admit it 
that you gave it away 
when you starve to care 
and I cared 
a long, long time of mine 
I waited 
for you to come around 
I found 
a one way street, that's me
still hanging on to set you free 
make you believe 
I'm yours 

It's just the two of us 
and I want you to be free 
don't worry about me
I got my thing
I will never fear 
when you're not with me 
Track Name: Do You Need My Love
tired of feeling so had 
the world that I knew 
just fell through 
and left me outside 
and we may be blind 
more than the others
how it feels so good to feel 
how I wanna feel 

ever since I 
saw those lion eyes 
those tires feelings hide 
behind your cigarette nights 
your love 
breaking apart inside 

do you need me
the way I 
need you
let's be true for a change 
do you need someone 
do you need my love 
need my love 

tired of feeling so bad
givin away everything 
gonna learn to take the pain 
I know that your love stings 
passion is the only thing 
passion must mean everything 
I felt your body scream to be 
set free from 
the pain of what's gone 
I'll move you along 

do you need me 
the way I 
need you 
let's be true for a change 
do you need someone 
do you need my love 
need my love 

everyone who knows me
knows I'm crazy for
loving you baby 
do you need me like I 
need you, too
tell me what I should do 
do you need me 

do you need me 
the way I 
need you 
Track Name: Generation Why
goin to see end of days 
I've been hanging 
on my phone all day 
and the fear goes away 
I might not need to stay 
on this sinking ship 
for long 

I can give it away everyday 
I can fly and spend all my seconds 
like they're my last 
it's not the past 
that scares me 
now what a great future 
this is gonna be 
 
Y-o-l-o , why 
Y-o-l-o, why 

used to think it was bad 
that we were all goin mad 
but now it's fine to leave 
goodbye those old things 
carry me through the 
waves of change 

carry me, through the waves 
of change 
I know my place 
It's a beautiful thing 

Y-o-l-o, why...
Track Name: Can't Go Home
walkin along 
bridge is so long 
when will I ever reach 
the other side 
time , time flies 
woke up this way 
in the morning 
faint from the heat 
that follows me 
everywhere I run
no ones got a door 
open for more 

and I wouldn't have it 
any other way 
I can't go home again 
and all the riot times 
and fire nights
burnin my body 
my stars that shine 
take me back 
oh no not again 
stuck here with you 

fighter
do the right thing 
can you suffer more 
let the world 
carve at your heart
don't need a home 
if you come apart 
I have moved more 
then I can count 
twist and turn 
tryin to learn 

and I wouldn't change my fate
do you look like me
when you fight 
my stars align somewhere 
take me back 
and if I'm blind 
to what I feel 
I hope I can
love still dear 
I hope you will 

oh no not again
stuck here with you
Track Name: Seven Words
these seven words
I say to you 
one by one
I love you 
and you have to know 

if I could change
how I'm insane
if I could 
learn to leave 
my troubles behind
it's starting to hurt 
and you're movin on 
tellin everyone 
how I done you so wrong 

cat scratch a beast 
my words that 
made you bleed
now I face tomorrow 
now I face tomorrow 

In time we'll both
be free
from this ball and chain 
hangin on to things 
I want you mostly
in the morning
when my soul 
is weak 
from dreaming 

when the dust has cleared 
and you forget that I'm here
hangin on 
I've been hangin
who had the last word 
I'm tellin you first 
who had the last word 
I'm tellin you first 

these seven words 
are no longer mine 
who am I 
but a stranger 
who took you down 
it's starting to burn 
and I wanna go home
only home I've known 
lost in the storm 

it had to be 
seven words to set us free 
now I face tomorrow 
now I face tomorrow
now I face tomorrow 
Track Name: Away Above
away, above 
find a perfect love
you and me
we're meant to see 
it through, you 
and me 
you and me

I don't feel bad for you 
and that what makes us free 
you can buy into that dream 
waitin for true love to seem
real
passing over bridges
faces wanna listen 
I hope that we'll go home 
I want to be alone
won't you come meet 
me at nine
I'll bring your worst fears
if you bring mine 
and we can laugh over
a night of red wine 
got a radio to play the dream 

necessary evil
are we meant to be 
I swear that you know me 
more than I'll ever know 

away, above
find a perfect love 
you and me 
It was meant to 
see some time through 
yeah you 
and me 
I want hold back from you

sometimes I can't even feel 
the wheel's broken 
from pushin still 
and the lines of knowing 
and being undone 
somethings you 
just gotta run away from 
but that doesn't change us 
away and above 
what you give is good 
enough
got me livin in the dream 

away, above 
find a perfect love
you and me 
we were meant to see 
some time through 
yeah you 
and me 
I won't hold back from you