On vinyl for the first time since 2005, this fifth anniversary edition of Weyes Blood's Cardamom Times features new cover art and demonstrates Natalie Mering's reverence of devotional music and the avant-garde, channeling the domestic hymns of Sybille Baer through the lens of Baltimore's experimental DIY scene; the minimal drones of Terry Riley accompanied by the voices of the Sacre Coeur; the confrontational words of Anaïs Nin with the warm embrace of St. Augustine.
The reimagined cover art features the focal image of a desolate paradise during sunset - Jamaica Bay in Queens, NY surrounded by rust. A couple is laying on the ground, caught in a comfort beyond time.
Since the EP's release, Weyes Blood's Front Row Seat To Earth (Mexican Summer, 2016) and Titanic Rising (Sub Pop, 2019) were both named Best New Albums by Pitchfork, with the latter making multiple Best Albums of 2019 lists, including The Guardian, Pitchfork and The Independent. Different from these elaborate albums, Cardamom Times was recorded onto reel-to-reel tape at Mering's home studio in Rockaway Beach, New York.
The Cardamom Times EP sounds like a lush, pristine folk-rock gem rescued from the 1960s. Project leader Natalie Mering sings with a dusky, soulful soprano that draws you into her world as well as into a larger tradition, and her arrangements are at once classic and sneakily innovative.
- 12" Vinyl EP
- First time on vinyl since 2005
- New cover art
- Printed insert
- Limited time download card
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