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Pressed like a Disney Song
Personal. Powerful. Prass. Natalie Prass.
Last night's show at the Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia was a much needed blast of clear, fresh air despite the winter chill. With an influx of punk/garage/jam rock in my beloved Richmond's music scene, Natalie Prass certainly was the light, ethereal sound I needed after indulging heavily in rock and roll. Enough said here:
"This next song got pressed like a Disney song, which is cool."
- Prass on "It Is You"
The floor was packed with wide-eyed viewers ready to lay eyes and rest ears on the soft-soprano songstress. This wasn't just any concert, rather, this evening marked the long-awaited (four years to be exact) self-titled album released by Richmond label, Spacebomb Records. Prior the show, a few friends recommended I listen to her album and I instantly fell for her delicate and crystal clear voice. Unsurprisingly, Natalie and her band were knock outs in the live performance.
The album evokes a timeless sound peppered with retro influences via the likes of Carpenters and Dolly Parton paired with a twinkling brass section dabbled with piano and flute; yet Prass remains unique in her refreshing and light voice: a vocal alchemist with the power to turn a gut-twisting heartbreak of apocalyptic proportions into a floating lotus.
A few standouts from an outstanding album include the track "Christy" which pays homage to Dolly Parton's "Jolene," where Prass' voice and the accompanied strings intertwine so tightly you're holding your breath until the end. And "Fool" a tattered postcard in the back of your closet from that unrequited love that you finally toss in the trash during your Saturday house cleaning.
"So tonight, you'll come back to an empty house, with a note signed, 'Sincerely, Your Fool.'" - Fool
Prass' album is an emotional and honest tribute to her vocal and lyrical talents. The album and the live show equally pierce your eardrums to kick start that beating metronome we call our heart.
To put it simply: go see her live. Natalie Prass is officially on tour, and with Ryan
Adams, another musical must-see. Until then, check out and groove out to her new album via vinyl, CD, and/or MP3 here.
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