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Front Row Seat To Earth

by Weyes Blood

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    This Deluxe Vinyl edition features a LP jacket printed with matte varnish, are hand numbered and limited to 500 copies. Blue, green and white splatter vinyl sits in a printed inner sleeve with lyrics, credits and artist photo. Comes with exclusive 24"x12" poster.

    Includes digital pre-order of Front Row Seat To Earth. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
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  • Compact Disc (CD)

    CD features a 4 panel gatefold wallet with matte varnish and 4 panel front and back printed poster insert complete with lyrics and artwork

    Includes digital pre-order of Front Row Seat To Earth. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
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     $13 USD or more

     

  • Pre-order of Front Row Seat To Earth. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
    releases October 21, 2016

     $10 USD  or more

     

1.
Diary
2.
Used to Be
3.
Be Free
4.
Do You Need My Love
5.
Generation Why
6.
Can't Go Home
7.
8.
Away Above
9.
Front Row Seat

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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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releases 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: 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