Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering is often compared to classic singers like Karen Carpenter and Joni Mitchell, which she certainly has shades of, but what came resounding out of her performance at Islington Assembly Hall was her necessity for today's audience. In a world gone manic, we need music like hers to remind us to dream a little, and in her live performances she and her bandmates facilitate the right mental state to believe that happiness is achievable; that it's all possible.

On the night this was apparent from the first notes of ‘A Lot’s Going To Change’, the opener from recent album Titanic Rising, in which she promised big news ahead for one and all, backed by honeyed classic 60s pop melodies – and in that moment we were all under Weyes Blood’s sway. To say they kept us rapt in a state of pure fantasy throughout the entire night might seem inconceivable, but by following up the opener with a trio of ‘Something To Believe’, ‘Everyday’ and ‘Andromeda’ they pretty much had us floating on air. Mering and her bandmates submerged the audience in the cinematic scope of Titanic Rising, painting grandiose works in each of our imaginations.

Looking “sharp” (as she described it herself) in her all-white suit, Mering was entirely comfortable in her role as bandleader and showperson, keeping the audience captivated throughout, telling tales in her mellifluous Californian accent between songs. Her natural confidence was made perfectly clear in their lovely cover of ‘God Only Knows’. It was a brave move that paid off sweetly, their understated version bringing some respite after they had put the audience's hearts through the ringer with the epic ‘Movies’ and the overwhelming ‘Wild Time’. By the end of the night it felt like we had genuinely bonded with Mering, after she had musically moved through us, and her desire to see us all again when Weyes Blood return to London in October seemed genuine.

This magnanimous personality shown by the band knitted the night together, and as Weyes Blood dived back into older tracks like ‘Seven Words’ and ‘Do You Need My Love’ it did feel as though we had been transported back to the days of those classic songwriters to whom she's often compared. But, more than just her voice, what's clear is that Mering seems to have all the necessary characteristics for a long and storied career.