I tend to think that Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) is the female Father John Misty and this new track, “It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody,” just confirms it. She has a knack for writing serene ‘70s inspirations with a melancholic tone, surprising chord progressions, sweeping symphonic arrangements, and haunted by her stunning voice which is reminiscent of many pop-folk icons of the past – and probably much smoother than Josh Tillman’s distinctive croon. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that comparison since I truly like Father John Misty. However, I can’t help noticing the closeness here, and the fact that. Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, one of the co-producers of the song, has also produced FJM’s “God’s Favorite Customer” and this could be part of the explanation.
“It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody” is the lead single off Weyes Blood’s upcoming album “And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow” which should be released on November 18 via Sub Pop. If the music gives you a “Titanic Rising” vibe (her previous album) there is a good reason for that since this is “the second in a trilogy. This dystopian romance novel took a lot of dark juice to birth. Forged in fire as they say,” she wrote on her social media.
The lyrics evoke isolation, the afterthoughts of a pandemic – “Sitting at this party, wondering if anyone knows me” – and that strange sentiment of feeling alone in the middle of a crowd. “I guess I was kind of feeling during the pandemic that isolation has become a pretty big theme for a lot of modern people at this time,” she wrote, “and the pandemic was a bit like gasoline being poured on the fire. So, it’s like there needs to be some kind of Buddhist anthem about how we’re all kind of going through a very similar thing and that shouldn’t diminish our individual experience, but it should…bring us closer together and be kind of like the salve of dealing with all this modern anxiety.” Natalie Mering wants to cure modern angst with a song, and her glorious vocals only equal the gorgeous art cove: look at this white dress and shining heart!
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