Natalie Evans - Better At Night
Label Small Pond
|Release Day||May 25th 2018|
Natalie is synonymous with Folkestone group Boo Forever and the wider UK math-emo scene, having worked with Delta Sleep in recent years. Super excited to see this full length finally up for pre sale!! This LP sounds like Harriet Wheeler of the Sundays fronting a classic Polyvinyl band like Owen or something, stellar stuff!
LABEL BLURB SAYS:
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natalie Evans is set to release her debut LP, which is due on May 25th via Small Pond. The first single “In Trees”, has gained radio support from BBC Introducing, and props from Clash, Women That Rock, Punktastic and beyond. While winning new fans, Evans’s new material has also been met with excitement by existing followers of her work (which has included guest vocals on Delta Sleep’s “Camp Adventure”.
Fusing her virtuosic talent on guitar, harp and piano with finely tuned songwriting sensibilities, Natalie Evans’s songs glow with a rare self-contained grace, as she wraps her minimalist and deceptively simple lyrical lines in winning hooks and harmonies.
“I like putting pop-sounding, catchy vocals over more complicated guitar. I just feel it creates something fun”, says Evans. “The style of guitar I play now probably comes from listening to a lot of emo and math rock as a late teenager, but even before then I liked to learn fingerpicking songs that used alternate tunings. I also enjoy the technical aspect of writing music that I find difficult to play - I like to challenge myself.”
Influenced as a songwriter by eclectic artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Warpaint, Björk, Sufjan Stevens and TTNG, Natalie Evans has herself inspired comparisons with folk sensation and fellow harpist Joanna Newsom. Her early career has seen her winning fans via self-releases including the “Houses” EP, and the aforementioned Delta Sleep hook-up. She has also worked with TTNG (Sargent House) side-project The Otter Years, and Apidae (Dumont Dumont), and released a split single with US rising star Yvette Young, which tied in with a joint tour of California. Also playing extensively in the UK, Evans has performed alongside acts including Laucan (Sunday Best), Tall Ships (FatCat) and Delta Sleep (Big Scary Monsters).
Although she’d had no classical training, a fascination with classical music inspired Evans to learn piano and harp in recent years, her talent and studious approach leading her to achieve an astonishingly high level. These instruments add to her mastery of the guitar, which began as a teen hobby and became something of an obsession when she discovered the finger-picking style that she has gone on to make her mainstay.