NATALIE PRASS - THE FUTURE AND THE PAST VINYL (LTD. ED. 'RUST' COLOURED LP + 6-PAGE BOOKLET)
LIMITED EDITION 'RUST' COLOURED VINYL LP + 6-PAGE BOOKLET
Release Date: 1st June 2018
Limited edition first press of 500. The American singer-songwriter Natalie Prass follows up her beautiful 2015 self-titled debut with a serious statement of a record in The Future and The Past. Prass had a new album poised in 2016, but the surprise election of Donald Trump and all that has followed with drove Prass to stop and completely re-write the album in reflection of what was happening as an act of defiance and protest. What has resulted is a self-assured, important album of female power and resistance mixing Prass's previous soulful mix of orchestra country-folk with a new 80s pop and 90s R&B. Who says protest records can't be funk-filled and danceable?
FFO: Wye Oak, U.S. Girls, Julia Holter, Weyes Blood
"Natalie Prass had her new album written, her band ready, the recording studio booked. Then the 2016 election happened, and out of her despair and disappointment in those results came an impulse she could not ignore: she rewrote the album to reflect these swirling emotions. The result is The Future and The Past a stunning snapshot of a musician in a state of personal rediscovery and surging femininity. The celebratory and defiant The Future and The Past also signals a significant artistic leap for Prass on the heels of her 2015 breakthrough debut album. It finds Prass tapping into deep, dancey grooves that glisten with 80s pop and 90s R&B, nestled alongside quivering, lushly orchestrated ballads. Like her debut album, Prass made The Future and The Past in Richmond, VA with long-time friend and collaborator Matthew E. White at his Spacebomb Studios. She added some new collaborations to the mix as well: Blue (Solange’s A Seat At The Table, Blood Orange, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Michael Brauer (Elle King and James Bay). Future is ripe with string orchestrations and piano flourishes, snaking synth lines and fuzzed out guitars. The Future And The Past is bursting with a myriad of grooves and Natalie’s vocals float on top, light as a feather and tough as nails. Short Court Style dials the tempo into 90s R&B territory – punctuated by handclaps, sampled “woos,” and a Dr. Dre-esque whistling synth line. Lyrically she wields a sharp knife as well. The love torn Lost begins with: “Turn up the fader, its like a lightning bolt / we can’t be saved, so now I’m listening on my own / Once there was a time when you had me hypnotized / you realized that your finger prints were on my bones.” Funky feminist anthem Sisters is an empowering rallying cry: “I want to say it loud / for all the ones held down / we gotta change the plan.”"