A thread for Natalie Prass

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Just discovered her and I must say I'm hooked. I waited for this kind of lush chamber-pop for a long time. Equal parts vast and intimate.

I wonder what ILX will think of her.

Album is on Spotify.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h50Q47W80ao

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:34 (three years ago) Permalink

I kept reading comparisons to Dusty Springfield and then I heard here, and she's no Dusty. She's ok, but I was a tad disappointed. Sorry.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 February 2015 20:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh don't be sorry! It's all good.

I should start collecting Dusty Springfield's records then.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 19 February 2015 20:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Matthew E White did the arrangements, yes? I'd like to hear him paired up with a more assertive singer sometime.

Simon H., Thursday, 19 February 2015 20:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Really don't get the huge hype. It's pleasant but only the final song on the album connected (and it's very good).

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:13 (three years ago) Permalink

i'm not a very big fan of her voice, and the songs are real discursive

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:39 (three years ago) Permalink

Pitchfork and the Washington Post's Chris Richards think more highly of her than many of us do

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 February 2015 14:32 (three years ago) Permalink

this is pretty good, her voice isn't my favorite but m.e.w. could produce and arrange a belligerent drunk shouting nonsense and i'd prob find it listenable.

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 February 2015 14:55 (three years ago) Permalink

i think she's great. the songwriting is fantastic, white does it great justice, and i love her voice - it's like mary lorson meets karen carpenter.

IHeartMedia, the giant broadcaster formerly known as Clear Channel, (stevie), Friday, 20 February 2015 15:03 (three years ago) Permalink

and i'm playing this album to absolute death at the moment.

IHeartMedia, the giant broadcaster formerly known as Clear Channel, (stevie), Friday, 20 February 2015 15:03 (three years ago) Permalink

agreed that her voice sounds most at home in the musical theater style thing going on in the last track

ciderpress, Friday, 20 February 2015 15:05 (three years ago) Permalink

This is very much like the Matthew E White record from a couple of years ago in that the arrangements and songwriting are fantastic but the voice and persona in the middle of it feels weak in comparison.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 February 2015 15:26 (three years ago) Permalink

agreed that her voice sounds most at home in the musical theater style thing going on in the last track

Yeah I heard that and thought "Wow, damn, a lost Disney showstopper from the late fifties/early sixties." An album in that general vein would have been far stronger.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 February 2015 15:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Matthew E. White has a new album coming out next month. Looking forward to hearing that one. I dig the Spacebomb label/studio's approach (modeled after Stax), but I agree on the vocals. Hopefully the success of this album will attract some more dynamic singers/songrwriters. I feel like these guys have a really strong album in them down the road.

Benjamin-, Monday, 23 February 2015 22:50 (three years ago) Permalink

new Matthew E White is *excellent! though I think I still prefer the Prass.

IHeartMedia, the giant broadcaster formerly known as Clear Channel, (stevie), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:07 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah as someone who misses more expansive arrangements post-collapse-of-the-music-industry, I'm glad that a record label like Spacebomb exists.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:11 (three years ago) Permalink

I love the understatement of the voice, to each their own I guess.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:29 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO8XduS7VvA

NotKnowPotato (stevie), Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:08 (three years ago) Permalink

I love the record and am happy to be going to see her in Glasgow in June, but the vocals in that clip are really really wonky.

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:16 (three years ago) Permalink

She was great live in London earlier this year. Never too taken with the sound on Later... tbh.

NotKnowPotato (stevie), Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:42 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah i still play this record A LOT and it might be my favorite so far. But yeah, not a huge fan of Later... either.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 17 April 2015 04:04 (three years ago) Permalink

Saw that exact same performance on later tonight and the vocals sounded OK. Either my TV sound is better than my work headphones, they've tidied it up, or I'm drunk.

Eyeball Kicks, Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Probably a combination of all three.

Eyeball Kicks, Saturday, 18 April 2015 01:02 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Just discovering this. I think her songs and the arrangements are excellent, but there is something a little off about the vocals, like they sound too teen pop for the maturity of the songs.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Sunday, 21 August 2016 02:22 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pv7rN-_IWU

looking forward to the new album

ufo, Monday, 26 February 2018 14:47 (five months ago) Permalink

said album is called The Future and The Past, out 06/01. "Short Court Style" is great.

Simon H., Monday, 26 February 2018 14:58 (five months ago) Permalink

her vocals sound a little less timid than before (the primary objection about her debut iirc), befitting the more muscular instrumental

Simon H., Monday, 26 February 2018 15:01 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

hmmmmmmm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T0wYQpAlzo

Simon H., Tuesday, 27 March 2018 14:57 (four months ago) Permalink

don't know how I feel about the chorus but the rest is good

ufo, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:23 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah that chorus is a bit lazy but love the neo-soul vibe on this one and all of her songs have stunning arrangements. Really liking the production on this two songs so far.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:56 (four months ago) Permalink

not exactly blown away by the lyrics but uh also not exactly the target demo on this one

Simon H., Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:57 (four months ago) Permalink

Kinda reminds me of 'Worldwide Underground'-era Badu

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 16:03 (four months ago) Permalink

File under: New material that retroactively makes me question what I heard in the old material. Such a bland song and such hokey genre appropr... er, homage

Evan R, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 16:52 (four months ago) Permalink

The new album is excellent. V different to the first. Her Janet Jackson cover was a great signpost for where she's gone.

papa don't take no meth (stevie), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:40 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/24/613165661/first-listen-natalie-prass-the-future-and-the-past

Based on the opening seconds of this, brad should probably hear it

Simon H., Thursday, 24 May 2018 13:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Agreed. And it's really, really good.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 24 May 2018 13:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Some of this I'm not sure about (still find "Sisters" an irritant) but man the sonics on this are really something. 70s protest soul + 80s/90s r&b with a heavy dollop of strings and jazz piano? someone more versed in the genre(s) the extent to which someone's tried this already

Simon H., Thursday, 24 May 2018 13:46 (two months ago) Permalink

It's been quite a while since production stuck out to me like it does here, on first listen, you're completely otm. It's so clear and super funky and soulful.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 24 May 2018 13:54 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm still not that keen on Sisters, but the rest of it is sounding really good. Reminds me of that gorgeous last Corinne Bailey Rae album in places.

kitchen person, Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:09 (two months ago) Permalink

as with the last one, the vocals are gonna be the make or break for a lot of people I think

Simon H., Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Ship Goes Down absolutely kills me. The record's a masterpiece.

Lou Grant, the Iranian cinema of late '70s TV (stevie), Thursday, 24 May 2018 14:18 (two months ago) Permalink

this album is gorgeous and yeah wow, Ship Goes Down

ufo, Thursday, 24 May 2018 16:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah so this completely rules, confirmed on a long summer walk

Simon H., Saturday, 26 May 2018 20:24 (two months ago) Permalink

her Spotify inspirations playlist contains a lot of stuff that's new to me

https://open.spotify.com/user/natalieprassofficial/playlist/73bDJ40IUKgE1HCLnjJnGR?si=BGrJEuyqTwS9mlGZf4cPUQ

Simon H., Monday, 28 May 2018 19:11 (two months ago) Permalink

album of the fuckin year

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

This is gorgeous.

Tim F, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

yesss brad!

Simon H., Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:09 (two months ago) Permalink

"Ain't Nobody" is an amazing closer, love the way it combines all the album's sounds and even throws in that little reprise of "Hot for the Mountain"

Simon H., Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:13 (two months ago) Permalink

why do birds, do they suddenly
disappear

Simon H., Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:57 (two months ago) Permalink

"never too late" is so good

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 1 June 2018 13:24 (two months ago) Permalink

my pithy not-entirely-accurate capsule description of this record is "what if laura nyro made a shalamar album" but i think "ship go down" really lives up to it

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 1 June 2018 13:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah that back stretch of the album is just ridiculous. I still don't like "Sisters" but I appreciate how big a swing it is.

Simon H., Friday, 1 June 2018 13:34 (two months ago) Permalink

i've decided i like "sisters" though i wasn't sure what to make of it before hearing the full record

"everybody's talkin' but there's nothing to say" is chorus of the year for me

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 1 June 2018 13:36 (two months ago) Permalink

that guitar scratching through "ain't nobody," that's the sound i wanna hear all the time

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 1 June 2018 13:40 (two months ago) Permalink

actually nm it's a synth. or both

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 1 June 2018 13:40 (two months ago) Permalink

I sort of can't believe that it's mostly the same group of folks behind this record and the debut.

Simon H., Friday, 1 June 2018 13:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I’ll have to hear this based on the fervour

Only song I’ve heard from her is the one that sounded like Disney (think it was the final song on her debut?) anyways her voice and the arrangement was twee to me but perhaps that was an outlier

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Friday, 1 June 2018 14:22 (two months ago) Permalink

this one sounds nothing like that for the most part

Simon H., Friday, 1 June 2018 14:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Ok I’ll take the inspiration from this thread and go walk f with this album :)

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Friday, 1 June 2018 14:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Never Too Late through to Ain't Nobody is a really incredible run of tracks

ufo, Friday, 1 June 2018 14:54 (two months ago) Permalink

The production on this thing is impeccable. Fantastic sounding album. Didn't expect to like this as much as I do.

triggercut, Friday, 1 June 2018 15:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Just wanna echo the chorus that this is upper echelon level dope

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Monday, 4 June 2018 19:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Surprised I haven't seen more (any?) chatter about it beyond here

Simon H., Monday, 4 June 2018 19:43 (two months ago) Permalink

As a piano player and music lover, the pfogrsssion In hot for the mountain rules me

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Monday, 4 June 2018 21:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Some of the backing vocals bring to mind deradoorian and Coffman from dirty projectors

Slippage (Ross), Friday, 8 June 2018 12:25 (two months ago) Permalink

I sort of can't believe that it's mostly the same group of folks behind this record and the debut.


You see I've read no press re: this, read this comment and assumed she'd gone hard R&B like she flirted with on her last tour. Then I listened to the album today and now I sort of can't believe that it's mostly the same group of folks behind this record and the debut. Rad.

I'm Finn thanks, don't mention it (fionnland), Friday, 8 June 2018 21:15 (two months ago) Permalink

i love this album

maura, Saturday, 9 June 2018 10:32 (two months ago) Permalink

round and round
had ups and downs

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 June 2018 12:57 (two months ago) Permalink

the progresssion In hot for the mountain rules me

Yeah this stood out for me too - liking this album a lot on first listen

nashwan, Saturday, 9 June 2018 13:18 (two months ago) Permalink

This album is so good

Slippage (Ross), Saturday, 9 June 2018 16:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Sisters tho sucks

Slippage (Ross), Sunday, 10 June 2018 07:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Disagree, re sisters. This is one of the three best albums I've heard all year. And this is a very good year.

Stanley Therapy (stevie), Sunday, 10 June 2018 13:00 (two months ago) Permalink

This is very good. The "Your Fire"/"The Fire"/"Hot…" section is a bit ho hum, but the rest is, um, fire. Will probably buy.

Jeff W, Sunday, 10 June 2018 14:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Lost is so gorgeous

Slippage (Ross), Monday, 11 June 2018 17:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Only song I’ve heard from her is the one that sounded like Disney (think it was the final song on her debut?)

Yup, and I said as much as the time. I'll get around to this but something about her's always been a bit offputting, somehow.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 June 2018 18:01 (two months ago) Permalink

That's baffling to me. There's a huge change in style between the debut and the new one, but I can't for the life of me imagine how one would find any of her music offputting. Ymmv though obv.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 June 2018 18:21 (two months ago) Permalink

To clarify: I am allergic to everything remotely Disney, am just not getting it from her.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 June 2018 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

i've heard a lot of ppl compare the first album to disney soundtracks

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 11 June 2018 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Madness.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 June 2018 18:35 (two months ago) Permalink

She's wearing her influences on her sleeve on her debut: Joni, Mary Margaret O'Hara, symphonic film score music as a background. Sure. But the latter doesn't always equate to "Disney", people.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 June 2018 18:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I only heard it specifically in that last track but it was definitely the association I made on a cold first listen, having not heard anything else by her/about her before listening to the album as a whole.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 June 2018 18:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Last track wouldn't have raised any eyebrows on the Lalaland soundtrack, in context of the album it's not as idiosyncratic imo, but I get you'd get this Disney feeling now.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 June 2018 18:59 (two months ago) Permalink

anyway it doesn't carry through to the new album at all ned

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Monday, 11 June 2018 19:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, new one is like it's by someone else entirely.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 June 2018 19:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Which does intrigue!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 June 2018 19:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah I love this record and I didn’t care for that Disney esque track - felt like just another Josephine foster devendra freak folk thing

Slippage (Ross), Monday, 11 June 2018 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink


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