Last week the long awaited Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) and Ariel Pink (Ariel Rosenberg) collaboration, Myths 002 surfaced, part of a series begun by Mering’s label Mexican Summer around the Marfa Myths festival in Texas. Its a winner in every sense with both artists contributing their uniquely oppositional yet strangely complementary musical dispositions in an oddly unitary way. On the odd side, one would expect nothing less from Pink with his progressively left field pop but Natalie Mehring’s golden voice and folk stylings fit with and add to Pink’s twisted encyclopaedic musical knowledge like hand in glove.
Close friends for a number of years, the coming together between the two American West Coast artists officially began when Mering contributed guest vocals on Pink’s 2013 record Mature Themes and Pink produced Drugdealer’s ‘Suddenly’ from last year which featured Mering. Beginning with the Pink led prog-pop-folk mash up ‘Tears On Fire’, which you can check out below, finds them both in fine form, tongues firmly but respectfully in cheek. Pink with his soft vocal hues voluntarily and suddenly eviscerated by Mering’s massive choral interjection. ‘Daddy, Please Give Me A Little Time’ is a gorgeous off kilter Mering plea while ‘Morning After’, another Mering led track, positively gleams despite lyrical regret and sways in hypnotic fashion with it’s simple tambourine led beat. The final track is a Pink sung live cover of UK goth band Sad Lovers And Giants that enlists the talents of Connan Mockasin and Andrew Van Wyngarden (MGMT).
Myths 002 is available here while Weyes Blood return home from an Australian and New Zealand adventure and resume touring from February 16 in San Diego, during which Mering and her band will take in the aforementioned Marfa Myths Festival as well as a slot at Primavera in June.
1. Tears On Fire
2. Daddy, Please Give Me A Little Time
3. Morning After
4. On Another Day (Live)
Tears On Fire
Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood (USA)
From the EP, ‘Myths 002’, Mexican Summer.
Weyes Blood (North American and European Tour Dates)
Feb 16 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Feb 17 Pomona, CA @ Acerogami
Feb 18 Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer
Feb 20 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
Feb 21 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Feb 22 Arcata, CA @ The Miniplex
Feb 23 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Feb 24 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Feb 25 Vancouver, BC, Canada @ The Cobalt
Mar 9-12 Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths (performing w/ Perfume Genius)
Mar 30 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apr 5 Bordeaux, FR @ I Boat
Apr 6 La Roche-sur-Yon FR @ Fuzz’Yon
Apr 7 Lille, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Apr 8 Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
Apr 11 Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Apr 13 London, UK @ The Dome
Apr 14 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Apr 15 Dublin, IE @ Workman’s Club
June 8-10 Barcelona, ES @ Primavera