Weyes Blood, the moniker for American chamber pop artist Natalie Mering, released her fourth album Titanic Rising back in 2019. Now, Mering has shared the quasi-title track that wasn’t included on the original album, ‘Titanic Risen’.
The track is full of ambient noise and swirling effects, taking the notion of being submerged in water to its most potent extreme. Underneath all the noise is a heart-rending piano ballad about doubt and confusion.
If you listened to Titanic Rising, you know that it already has a title track, a minute-and-a-half long instrumental that bridges the tracks ‘Something to Believe’ and ‘Movies’. Well, that instrumental turned out to be the intro for a fully-fleshed out track, and that’s what we get in ‘Titanic Risen’.
The way that ‘Titanic Risen’ was first shared is an interesting story in and of itself. Much like Travis Scott and Post Malone before her, Mering decided to use video games as her medium for the premiere of new music. Instead of setting up concerts in Fortnite or singing Hootie and the Blowfish covers for Pokemon, Mering decided to use the gaming platform Roblox.
Inside the dubiously pixelated world, you board a replica of the Titanic and explore its interior on its fateful final voyage. The moment that the ship hits the iceberg that sank it, ‘Titanic Risen’ begins to play. It’s an ominous and disorienting moment, but it plays perfectly into Mering’s predilection towards a certain floaty and sadly beautiful sound.
Weyes Blood have indicated that a new album will be released in 2021. It would be Mering’s fifth, and comes at a breakthrough moment for the artist, who also contributed to Lana Del Rey’s cover of Joni Mitchell‘s ‘For Free’, the final track on Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club. If you thought I would pass up an opportunity to talk about Joni Mitchell, you were sorely mistaken.
Check out ‘Titanic Risen’ down, below.