and Weyes Blood
just released a collaborative EP Myth 002
and it's interesting to say the least. Weyes Blood's Front Row Seat To Earth
was one of our favorite albums of 2016 and Ariel Pink is always an interesting person to throw into a project, so we've been onboard for this EP since it was announced a few weeks ago. Both artists have an experimental quality to their music, often working in a 70's inspired form with a little bit of Baroque thrown in. This shorter format of an EP lends itself well to the two, as they explore a lot of different ideas in the 14 minute project. The album is coming out via Mexican Summer in anticipation of Marfa Myth, a music and arts festival put on by the label in Marfa, Texas.
Their lead single, "Tears on Fire" ranges from close folk harmonies over an acoustic guitar to all-out belting opera vocals. At first the track is startling, but it soon makes sense when it becomes clear that this song is about the space between between crazy and reserved and how fast this can change. "Daddy, Please Give A Little Time To Me" is amusing because of it's childish sentiment but somehow Weyes Blood found a way to turn this strange interlude into one of the most haunting parts of the release. "Morning After" sounds like if you put Front Row Seat To Earth
and Ariel Pink's pom pom
into a blender. The melody gets more complex and beautiful as the song goes on, while the synth in the background clarifies that Ariel was involved. "On Another Day" appears to be recorded live, like in front of an audience live, but I'm not 100% convinced of this. It's drenched in reverb and there is even clapping at the end but I think they're just messing with us.
Overall, this EP is odd, intriguing, and lighthearted. It sounds like the two songwriters had a lot of fun with this project and have now set a tone for the festival in March.