Natalie Prass has dropped the first single from her upcoming sophomore album and it features a much fuller sound than her awesome folksy debut back in 2015.
Titled “Short Court Style”, you can hear the ’90s R&B influence big time. If you caught Prass as she toured her self-titled debut record, you might remember her doing a glorious cover of Janet Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place”. The new track sounds very much in that wheelhouse and features a ton of layers. Give the new video a spin below. Prass directed the video along with Erica Price, also featuring Jethro Waters as director of photography (Angel Olsen’s “Shut Up And Kiss Me” video).
Her upcoming new record is titled The Future and The Past and drops June 1 via ATO Records. According to a press release, Prass had a new album recorded and then the horrible 2016 election happened and she re-wrote the whole thing to “reflect those swirling emotions.” If this first offering is any indication of what to expect, we are in for a treat. It’s been a joy to see her grow from being a member of indie queen Jenny Lewis’ touring band.
“The record was ready to go, and then the election happened,” explains Prass via the press release. “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.”
In case you weren’t aware, Prass also has a headline show at the Moroccan Lounge on Tuesday, March 20. Tickets are still available and you should get them ASAP — they’re only 15 bucks! I won’t be in town but am stoked I’ll have a few opportunities to see her at SXSW 2018 in Austin! Click here to find out which unofficial SXSW parties Prass will be playing.
Photo courtesy of Tonje Thilesen