Weyes Blood: In the Beginning

Natalie Mering has the uncanny ability to bewitch any listener into a trance with her forthrightly beautiful voice. It might surprise some to learn that Mering spent years playing noise rock in Philadelphia with an instrument she built herself; however, it’s in the mournful folk songs she composes under the name Weyes Blood that something true emerges. Still, her music feels less nostalgic and more forward-looking within the genre, thanks to her experimentation with tape manipulation, pedal delays and other effects. Check out the music video for her song “In the Beginning,” where she hikes and swims alone in nature, offering the camera a knowing glance every so often. It’s one of four tracks on her just released EP Cardamom Times off of Mexican Summer.