With her forthcoming album, Front Row Seat To Earth, coming out later this month on Mexican Summer, Weyes Blood has shared another new single, “Generation Why,” with a breathtaking short film to accompany it. Natalie Mering and pals Michael Collins and Shags Chamberlin jaunt across a future dystopian landscape where it seems our gadgets are imbued with life, heart and blood. What happens when technology becomes so embedded in our world that it literally takes on a life of its own?
A hymn to what may be our extinction, and our luxuriating in that abyss’ edge, “Generation Why” carries its lyrical profundity lightly, buying it on the soft tide of Mering’s Enya-filtered cosmic folk. Like much of Front Row Seat To Earth, the song’s aching melody and deeply layered music express the anguish of our hubristic moment, where technology, climate change, and new conceptions of the human all blend together, producing a truly modern cosmology: accepting the impermanence of our existence as it truly should be, a beautiful thing.
On Front Row Seat To Earth, love and loss balance together in suspended alchemy, as the earthiness of the singer-songwriter tradition wears digital sounds like feathers in its hair. Mering and special guests contrast live band intimacy with the post-modern electric sheen of A.M. radio atmospherics. The experimental flourishes sparkle amid the succinct, thoughtful arrangements. This is the folk music of the near future.