Friday, January 23, 2015

Best New Track: Natalie Prass' "My Baby Don't Understand Me"

Have you heard Natalie Prass? Unlikely. But you'll hear a lot more of her after this, because, somewhere in the sea of female-led electropop and pop-rock blossoms, there's also something of a lady folk-rock revival happening

Case in point: the likes of Jessica Pratt, Sharon Van Etten and now Natalie Press. Almost 10 years ago, we saw this folk-rock resurgence begin to happen with Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson and the return of Fiona Apple, but for some reason, it never really picked up the momentum I had hoped for.

Nashville singer-songwriter Natalie Prass, however, is more beautiful proof of the past year's bonafide revival of emotive, soul-infused female folk that all has the capability to move far past the indie underground and up to the forefront. Prass' full-bodied "My Baby Don't Understand Me" is packed with a swelling brass section, flutes, groovy guitar plucks and those delicate harmonies that have you hanging off every lyric. "Our love is a long goodbye" shakes out of Prass' tiny pipes, sounding a little Jenny Lewis (whose touring band she was once a part of) and a little Dusty Springfield in its melodic confessional. I'd like to think that, somewhere, Joni Mitchell is giving her thumbs up, too.

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