NATALIE EVANS Reveals Video For New Single ‘Movie’ Released 6th April 2022 via Small Pond Records Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68qBn_S88W4 Stream and share: https://listen.smallpondrec.com/natalie-evans-movie Announces New Album Movements Released 3rd June 2022 via Small Pond Preorder: https://natalieevans.bandcamp.com/album/movements ArcTanGent Festival 2022 + Further Live Appearances TBA
London-based multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Natalie Evans is pleased to reveal the video for her new song ‘Movie’ which is out now on all good digital service providers.
Evans is also delighted to announce that 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.
On the title and themes of the record, she says: "The album is titled ‘Movements’ because it has changes in feeling and energy throughout. When I was first putting the songs together I had a lot of sad songs and I felt like an important part of me was missing from it, so later I added some songs to express that happy and fun side of myself. It makes a lot of sense to me, because emotions are not consistent, to at least have one album that goes through those movements, and I chose this to be that album."
"I also went back to my roots a little during the pandemic and started missing gymnastics, my childhood obsession. I spent a lot of time stretching and exercising, hoping to go back to it once things were safe again. As it happened I took up dancing instead for something new, but that also influenced the title."
The record is available to preorder now on limited edition red 12” vinyl from: https://natalieevans.bandcamp.com/album/movements
Taking influence from Bjork, serpentwithfeet, Amy Winehouse, and Moses Sumney, her new single 'Movie' is another stunning offering from the perennially talented and tasteful songwriter.
Commenting on the track, Evans says: “With this song I wanted to capture the comfort I felt watching one of my favourite movies a few nights ago. I was also thinking about a few times when I’ve stayed up most of the night watching TV series and how much joy that brings me. I love embracing that carelessness, because you aren’t allowed to be that way often as an adult. So it’s about comfort, escape and just going with the moment.”
Fusing a virtuosic talent on guitar, harp and piano with a distinctive playing style and finely tuned songwriting sensibilities, Kent-born Londoner Natalie Evans’ music glows with a rare self-contained grace, as she wraps her minimalist and deceptively simple lyrical lines in winning hooks and harmonies.
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.
Recorded in Hastings with previous producer and mix engineer Martin Ruffin, Evans' forthcoming new album Movements was mastered by Aneek Thapar.
Commenting on the process of making the record, Evans says: "I learnt so much making this album because it was the first time I demoed it out with full arrangements before entering the studio. It was a challenge I set myself and I also learnt a lot more about recording and mixing through this process—something I want to do more of as I continue writing. Another goal I set myself was to be able to write piano songs with vocals, which I’d never done before, so there are quite a few of those on this album."
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
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.
"Beguiling… her delicate yet empowered songwriting carries deeply personal truths" – CLASH
“A unique style – dreamy on the surface but fully immersive below” – FOR FOLK’S SAKE
“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
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