Weyes Blood - And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow (Purple Vinyl Loser Edition)


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Technological agitation. Narcissism fatigue. A galaxy of isolation.
These are the new norms keeping Weyes Blood (aka Natalie
Mering) up at night and the themes at the heart of her latest
release, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow.

The celestial-influenced folk album is her follow-up to the
acclaimed Titanic Rising. (Pitchfork, NPR, and The Guardian
admiringly named it one of 2019’s best.) While Titanic Rising was
an observation of doom to come, And in the Darkness, Hearts
Aglow is about being in the thick of it: a search for an escape
hatch to liberate us from algorithms and ideological chaos.
“We’re in a fully functional shit show,” Mering says. “My heart is a
glow stick that’s been cracked, lighting up my chest in an
explosion of earnestness.”

And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow opens with the wistful,
winsome “It's Not Just Me, It's Everybody,” a song about the
interconnectivity of all beings, despite the fraying of society
around us. “I was asking a lot of questions while writing these
songs. Hyper-isolation kept coming up,” Mering says. “Our culture
relies less and less on people. Something is off, and even though
the feeling appears differently for each individual, it is universal.”

Other tracks follow in kind. The lullaby-like “Grapevine” chronicles the splintering of
a human connection. The otherworldly dirge “God Turn Me into a Flower” serves as
allegory about our collective hubris. “The Worst Is Done” is an ominous warning, set
against a deceivingly breezy pop melody.

“Chaos is natural. But so is negentropy, or the tendency for things to fall into order,”
she says. “These songs may not be manifestos or solutions, but I know they shed
light on the meaning of our contemporary disillusionment.”

1. It's Not Just Me, It's Everybody
2. Children of the Empire
3. Grapevine
4. God Turn Me Into a Flower
5. Hearts Aglow
6. And in the Darkness
7. Twin Flame
8. In Holy Flux
9. The Worst Is Done
10. A Given Thing