Weyes Blood - 'Titanic Rising'

9/10

Ever since she first introduced herself to us via her stunning debut album 'The Outside Room' back in 2011, frontwoman Natalie Mering aka Weyes Blood has always been one to push the boundaries of daring and ambitious pop music. Spinning webs of folk, soul and jazz into every record has become her calling card throughout her career, and culminated in her wonderfully beautiful third LP 'Front Row Seat To Earth' in 2016, her most commercially successful release to date. Now moving onto album number four, 'Titanic Rising' looks to double down on those blended influences and deliver a wonderfully atmospheric new full-length in the process.

Switching onto 'Titanic Rising' for the first time, it is clear that she has begun to add even more genres into her already diverse style. With the country-esque slide guitars haunting the bed of 'Andromeda', and its following single 'Everyday' providing a much-appreciated lift in the record's direction, this new collection sees her at her most eclectic and engaging yet. Filled with a strong mixture of upbeat and excitable compositions, while still maintaining its ethereal aesthetic, 'Titanic Rising' may well be one of her most varied releases of her career, and showcases exactly why she has been such a beloved talent all this time.

Yet despite it clearly being an incredible record, it is still very hard to figure out exactly why is it so loveable. Mering never looks to create a memorable or catchy hook, but instead lets the confidence in her songwriting lead the way, and the result is a fantastic and engaging collection that maintains her long-lasting winning streak.

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