Weyes Blood: “Movies”

The latest song from Weyes Blood’s forthcoming album Titanic Rising opens with Natalie Mering singing in her mezzo range: “This is how it feels to be in love.” She sounds so in the thrall of emotion that what follows is not some simple description, but a rapturous monologue to herself, unconcerned with melodrama or cliche. This is how it feels: like starring in your own movie, like being suspended in disbelief, like the romance of all the dashed hopes and dreams we see on the silver screen. “Movies” exists at the very peak of feeling, where there is no air, just a kind of dizzying survey of thoughts and memories. And Mering knows one doesn’t simply ascend the grand staircase of emotion without arpeggios. The music behind her billowy voice begins with a crab walk across a synth. Halfway through, the synths disappear and the real cellos arrive as the song grows to five times its original size—it practically steps off of the screen and comes to life.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/weyes-blood-movies/

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