Natalie Prass: "I needed to make an album that was going to get me out of my funk."

Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass came onto the scene in a big way in 2015 with the release of her debut self-titled album. The fans loved, and the critics praised Natalie Prass for its lightness of touch and depth of musicality.

The singer/songwriter from Virginia earned her songwriting stripes in Nashville, and, as a profile in The New Yorker observes - in not so many words - she was there long enough to get good, but left before she became a part of the furniture.

The result is a universally appealing singer/songwriter with a delicate voice, things to say, and production sensibilities that will see Prass last.

After the success of the first album, Prass got cracking on the second (as well as appearing as Karen Carpenter on HBO's Vinyl). And, just as she was about to release it, the 2016 US General Election took place and Prass questioned everything. 

“I was devastated. It made me question what it means to be a woman in America, whether any of the things I thought were getting better were actually improving, who I am and what I believe in. I knew I would be so upset with myself if I didn’t take the opportunity to say some of the things that meant so much to me, so I decided to rewrite the record. I needed to make an album that was going to get me out of my funk, one that would hopefully lift other people out of theirs, too, because that’s what music is all about.”

And here we are today with the announcement that Natalie Prass will release her highly anticipated second full length album The Future and The Past on 1 June. Prass worked on this album with Matthew E. White (who produced Natalie Prass) as well as Blue (Solange’s A Seat At The Table, Blood Orange, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Michael Brauer (Elle King and James Bay). Expect to hear rich string arrangements, bright piano, sharp synth riffs and funky and fuzzy guitars. In the meantime, sample all this in her first track Short Cut Style and stay tuned for more singles. Oh, and make sure you take the time to trek back through the back catalogue. 

The Future and The Past is out 1 June (Inertia)