Natalie Prass previews fantastic new record at Moroccan Lounge

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Natalie Prass is set to release her much-anticipated sophomore record The Future and The Past this June, and on Tuesday she gave fans a preview of just what that new record will sound like with a stirring show at the Moroccan Lounge.

The lead single “Short Court Style” from the new record is more R&B-leaning than anything on her awesome 2015 self-titled debut, which leaned heavier into the folk genre. Prass proved that the single isn’t the only thing from the new record to have that ’90s Janet Jackson feel to it, with “Oh My” and “Hot for the Mountain” having a similarly groovy feel to them.

The Richmond singer looked gorgeous in a pink ensemble that really matched the vibe of the songs and the era they sound like they originate from.

Prass also played a couple of the gems from her self-titled record, like “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” and “Why Don’t You Believe in Me”, two songs that showcase Prass’ vocals at their most beautiful and fragile.

Prass played seven total songs from the upcoming new record, which drops June 1 via ATO Records. She recorded the album in Richmond alongside Matthew E. White of Spacebomb Studios, who also worked with her on her debut record. She played just 10 songs in total, and the show concluded a brief North American tour that began at the beginning of March. Prass will head to Europe in April before returning to the States for a trio of shows in New York, Pennsylvania, as well as her roots in Richmond, Virginia.

Those who loved her debut will certainly be surprised by the sound of the new record, but I have a feeling they won’t be disappointed. The record showcases how multi-dimensional Prass is as an artist, and it’s going to be fun to follow her career as she proved she’s more than capable of producing one kind of sound.

Photos by Danielle Gornbein