Weyes Blood just put out a video for ‘Do You Need My Love’ which is a new song off their upcoming album Front Row Seat To Earth, due October 21. The video was directed by Natalie Mering, the brains behind Weyes Blood.
More about the video via Mexican Summer…
Weyes Blood’s “Do You Need My Love” struggles with impossible love, and the feedback loop that such a love engenders: the harder to grasp, the easier to let oneself slide into unchecked romance. The always-unequal balance of love between human beings is illuminated here, but Front Row Seat To Earth’s other defining concept, namely our relationship with the earth, casts the song simultaneously as a more global parable.
Should we love the earth? Are our environmentalist movements, our too-late realizations, nothing but hubris in the face of a planet that, though it created us, feels nothing, can feel nothing, in return? The earth here is a cold, beautiful thing, a lover that neither recognizes us nor truly cares to hold us close; it does not need us like we need it.
“Do You Need My Love” is a stunningly powerful, straightforward song of unrequited love, but truly blossoms as a work of literary music when it is read doubly. And despite its multiply-exposed lyrical message, the song is perennial, passionate, smooth: a Zombies-style psychedelic pop song, or a medieval Harry Nilsson track, so classically beautiful that it carries its ambiguities like breeze and sunlight on its face. “Do you need me the way I need you?” One hears the answer in the question.