Natalie Evans reflects on post-gig highs on new single 'Driving Home Late' OUT NOW!

"Beguiling… her delicate yet empowered songwriting carries deeply personal truths" – CLASH

"Gorgeous...a work of sweeping instrumental beauty" - Under The Radar Magazine

“A wonderful, wistful celebration of life in all its minute glory” – ECHOES & DUST

“An artist to watch… I love this” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6MUSIC

“Richly-ornamented pop songs" - BANDCAMP (New & Notable)

“Well there’s a voice I love” - Nick Luscombe, BBC R3

Out Now via Small Pond Records Stream and share: https://listen.smallpondrec.com/driving-home-late New Album Movements Released 3rd June 2022 via Small Pond Preorder: https://natalieevans.bandcamp.com/album/movements Appearing At ArcTanGent Festival 2022

Following a premiere with US tastemakers Under The Radar Magazine, London-based multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Natalie Evans is pleased to reveal her reflective new single ‘Driving Home Late’, which is released today, 4th May 2022, via Small Pond Records on all good digital service providers.


The track is the latest to be taken from her forthcoming new album Movements, which is set for release on 3rd June 2022 via Small Pond Records.


The record is available to preorder now on limited edition red 12” vinyl from: https://natalieevans.bandcamp.com/album/movements


Taking influence from Mitski, Julien Baker, and Alexis Taylor, the track is a bold statement from Evans and shows a more commercial, finely-tuned lo-fi pop edge to her writing than on previous releases.


Reflecting on moving to London a few years ago and trying to figure it all out in her twenties, Evans says of the single: “I was living in my friend’s loft room for a few months and it had those roof windows where you could see directly up into the sky which I found really inspiring. I wrote most of this song in one evening there, when I started laying down these simple piano chords and singing over them.”


“This song was very much a stream of consciousness. I was thinking about the importance of thinking things through during the day rather than always being distracted, so that I’m not kept awake at night by the bigger thoughts.”


“I was playing a lot of gigs at the time and I really love that feeling of going home afterwards when I feel accomplished and can just listen to the music and enjoy the drive. It’s one of the things that happen in my life where I am the most relaxed, content and in the moment.”


Forthcoming new album Movements was recorded in Hastings with producer Martin Ruffin who also worked on Evans' previous releases, and was produced and mixed by Ruffin, and mastered by Aneek Thapar.


Earlier this year, previously-released album singles ‘Sun Song’/’To Go On’ and ‘Movie’ picked up press interest from Amazing Radio, Under The Radar Magazine, Alternative Nation, INSTRMNTL, Harp Column Magazine and more.


Evans has so far inspired comparisons with folk sensation and fellow harpist Joanna Newsom, while she reveals influence as a songwriter by artists such as Julien Baker, Moses Sumney, Peter Broderick and The Japanese House. She has played extensively in the UK including tours with Katie Malco, Bonniesongs and Gulfer, and alongside other established acts including Angelo De Augustine, AA Williams, Tricot, and Tera Melos.


As with previous material, her new songs continue to luxuriate in the vivid minutiae of life, channelling themes of nostalgia, the passing of time, and human connection with a poetic lightness of touch.


Natalie Evans will be performing at this year’s ArcTanGent Festival 2022, with further live appearances TBA.


Natalie Evans live dates:


17.08.22 - 20.08.22 - Bristol - ArcTanGent Festival

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Although she received no formal 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 exceptionally high standard. 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.


Evans’ 2018 debut album Better At Night saw her intricate compositions and characterful vocals reaching more ears than ever before, followed by her two track single 'Pavements' the following year. Whilst winning over new fans, the material was also met with excitement by early followers of her work, which also includes the aforementioned debut EP Houses, guest vocals on Delta Sleep’s ‘Camp Adventure’, and her split release with US star Yvette Young.


Better At Night received heavy support across BBC 6Music from Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey, and Radcliffe & Maconie, to add to the likes of Nick Luscombe (Late Junction, BBC R3), BBC Introducing, John Kennedy (Radio X), and live sessions for Robert Elms (BBC London) and BBC Radio Kent


Radio success was joined by a wealth of press, podcast and playlist support, leading to a widespread live touring schedule alongside names including Laucan, Tall Ships, Tera Melos, Delta Sleep, and Tangled Hair, with appearances at festivals including ArcTanGent.


Natalie Evans online:


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https://www.natalieevansmusic.co.uk

https://www.instagram.com/nataliehevans/

https://twitter.com/natalieevansuk