Weyes Blood is the project of singer/songwriter Natalie Mering. After self-releasing the majority of her music, Mering had a coming out party last year with her album ‘Front Row Seat to Earth’ released on Mexican Summer Records.
In between albums of her own material, Mering has recorded a two song 7-inch offering of cover versions. The double A-side released features a cover of Soft Machine’s “A Certain Kind,” originally from their 1968 debut album. The Robert Wyatt-penned song has been a staple in Weyes Blood’s live show and now Mering puts her spin on the song with this vinyl single. She keeps the 1960’s vibe of the song with the droning organ behind her soaring and angelic vocals. The pop ballad is a slow burner that ignites into a full band effort halfway through the track, but keeps its intimate vibe.
The other cover is a take on Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” which was made famous by Harry Nilsson for the soundtrack to the film “Midnight Cowboy.” Another staple in the Weyes Blood set, this 1968 song finds Mering channeling the inner loneliness of the writer. Musically, the track follows the pattern of its predecessor with her haunting vocals backed by a ringing organ.
Weyes Blood’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” b/w “A Certain Kind” certainly isn’t a feel-good single of the real, but it does show you that talents of Mering’s voice and her knowledge of the music which came before her.