weyes blood @ the riviera


Weyes Blood, also known as Natalie Mering, is a singer-songwriter originally from Santa Monica, California. She gained critical acclaim with her fourth album, Titanic Rising, which was released in 2019 and was named one of the best albums of the year by numerous music publications.

Titanic Rising is a beautiful and haunting exploration of themes regarding nostalgia, love, and the generalized fear of impending doom. The album takes its name from the legendary sunken ship, which serves as a metaphor for the fragility of human existence in the face of an impending ecological disaster. The haunting vocals and lush, dreamy instrumentation create a feeling of melancholy and longing, evoking a sense of nostalgia for a simpler time that may never have existed. The album’s themes of love and connection are also explored, with songs like “Andromeda” and “Everyday” offering a sense of hope and longing for human connection in the face of the unknown.

The show opened with a unique and surprising act, Molly Lewis, a professional whistler. Yes, you read that right, a whistler! I must admit, I was a bit taken aback when she took the stage and started whistling, but I was quickly blown away by her impressive talent. Who knew someone could make a whole career out of whistling? After her set, I couldn’t wait to check out her music and see what other surprises the night had in store.

As Weyes Blood took the stage, the audience erupted in applause and excitement. The energy in the room was ecstatic, and you could feel the anticipation for what was to come. With her warm, soulful voice and calming, mesmerizing stage presence, she took us on a journey through her latest album, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow. The stunning visuals and haunting melodies made for an unforgettable experience.

Weyes Blood’s newest album, And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow, is the second installment in a trilogy of albums, with Titanic Rising being the first, and the third album yet to be released. The album continues to explore similar themes as Titanic Rising, such as the beauty of life in the face of an impending doom.

In a recent Pitchfork interview, Natalie revealed that the impact of COVID played a significant role in the creation of this album. While recovering from an early unknown strain of the virus, she sought refuge in her home and wrote an album about what it meant to live through a “heavier time.” Cliché as it might be these days, the album’s themes of searching for love and connection while embracing resilience in the face of adversity, are particularly poignant given the circumstances of its predecessor.

It’s interesting, and slightly ironic to see how Weyes Blood has continued to explore these themes in a new and unique way, thanks to the unprecedented global pandemic of COVID-19. Overall, In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow is a beautiful and introspective album that stands on its own while also building on the themes and ideas of its predecessor.

The Weyes Blood concert was a haunting and beautiful experience that showcased the depth and range of Natalie’s musical talent. One of the highlights of the night was her live performance of “God Turn Me Into a Flower,” where she dimmed the lights and let her voice speak for itself. The haunting synthesizer paired with Natalie’s ethereal vocals created an atmosphere that was both chilling and comforting at the same time.

Another standout moment was her performance of “Movies,” which was otherworldly with its beautiful, yet eerie synthesizer sounds. After the song, Natalie took some time to interact with the crowd, and it was a funny moment when some fans gifted her DVDs of movies.

Overall, the concert was a beautiful and intimate experience that left the audience feeling deeply moved by the power of Natalie’s music.

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