One of our favourite albums of 2019? Undoubtedly, Titanic Rising – the fourth and most accomplished LP from 31-year-old, California-based alt-rocker Natalie Mering, AKA Weyes Blood (pronounced “Wise Blood”). The sound? “The Kinks meet the Second World War,” said the self-styled “nostalgic futurist” in an interview at the end of last year. “Or Bob Seger meets Enya.” Following 2016 album Front Row Seat to Earth, there are definitely nods to the bygone sounds of 70s-era Abba or The Carpenters. If that sounds like throwaway pop pastiche, well, it isn’t – Mering’s voice has an urgent but tender elegance and her songs address very contemporary issues: the post-digital death of romance; our planet’s ecologically uncertain future. With dates in Brisbane (25 February), Melbourne (26 & 28 February) and Sydney (3 March), this is an early contender for gig of the year. Don’t miss.