When Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood was released, it captured us so that we made it our best album of 2019. Between Natalie Mering’s stirring vocals and heavily arranged orchestrations, the songs within all stood out. One of our favorite tracks is now released as a video, and the footage for “Wild Time” shot before quarantine is as beautiful as the music. Below, Mering addresses fans about the video and the unfortunate cancellation of her 2020 tour dates.
Opening with Mering in nature, the video already pairs perfectly with the calming nature of the song. Performing on an acoustic, coming face to face with “Mother Nature” as toxins inhabit her waters, there’s a message here that shouldn’t be lost on the viewer. The freeing nature of various characters swimming in the nude, covering one another in paint and frolicking about signals another time before now. As does the peaceful demeanor of the music.
From Weyes Blood:
Good day everyone,
Here is a video for my song “Wild Time” that was shot on 16mm pre-Pandemic, then edited together during isolation. Felt like the right time to let this video out into the world, seeing as we’re all getting saddled down by some pretty grim realities. This song is about yearning for wildness and Mother Nature in a time of chaos. It’s for sensitive people who worry about the fate of humanity and feel powerless to do anything about it.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking apocalyptic thoughts and realizing that won’t get you anywhere. What if the world has always been ending? What if the sprawl of our cities are just as wild as the forests? What if climate change and the destruction of our natural habitat is a reflection of the nature within us, however sublimely horrifying and hard to understand? We’re animals, we play out a very precarious drama of life, and we grasp for what’s left of the protective womb – but maybe the notion that we’re somehow separated from her is an illusion. Maybe it is, truly, a wild time to be alive. Maybe getting in touch with that as a culture and society would avert the worst case scenarios of ecological crisis and existential dread.
If you’ve gotten this far, wow, thank you for actually taking the time to read this. In other news, as you may have assumed, I am canceling all of my headline shows for 2020, but I’m beginning to work on my next album that will come out in 2021- a different time, when hopefully we can see each other face to face once again.
Natalie (aka Weyes Blood)
The video is viewable above or on YouTube. The song as well as all of the songs from the album are ready to stream. Titanic Rising is available on multiple formats directly from Sub Pop Records.
Image Credits: Photo by Kathryn Vetter Miller.