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Weyes Blood — Cardamon Times

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Natalie Mering has quietly built up a body of work under her Weyes Blood moniker. The former Jackie-O Motherfucker member follows up her phenomenal album, The Innocents, with a new EP out now on Mexican Summer/Kemado, titled Cardamom Times. The EP’s four tracks are more of the intimately baroque folk music one would expect from her. Cardamom Times is in many ways the sound of Hope Sandoval fronting the Incredible String Band. Undercurrents of experimentalism appear throughout and hearken back to earlier Weyes Blood releases like The Outside Room, while maintaining the directness of her vocals and guitar. If you’re a fan of psych-tinged ’60s folk, then Weyes Blood will probably hit just the right spot, but even if you’re not Mering’s soulful voice and dreamily ethereal songs should be enough for most. Cardamom Times, while significantly less goth wave than its predecessor, still evokes bands like This Mortal Coil — never more than on “Take You There,” sounding like her “Song To The Siren.” The music retains the same emotiveness, the longing and the pathos. While it may not reach the same heights The Innocents did, this new EP features four strong songs and concludes with one of 2015’s most beautiful with “In The Beginning.”

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