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On 29th September, I was lucky enough to get to see a rather intimate gig with Natalie McCool, who is currently on tour, promoting her new album, The Great Unknown, and she really blew me away! She was supported by Lu’Ami and Tiger Lion.
Sadly, I didn’t make it to the venue in time to catch this act, but you can find out more about her here – http://luamimusic.squarespace.com/
This act was not my sort of thing, however I can completely appreciate their talent and understand just why people would like them. For me, they gave off an air of coming from some sort of hippy commune where they make noise all day until it forms a sort of song. There were parts that felt like we (the audience) were being inducted into a cult, as the instruments made loud, nonsensical noise, however there were other parts that were beautifully melodic. I realise this might sound scathing however there definitely is a market for an act like Tiger Lion, it’s just not for me. Sorry.
Highlight: The use of the lead singer’s handheld synth pads and the drummer was incredibly talented too. The merch was beautifully crafted and I imagine the twinned art project will capture people’s attention too.
Natalie McCool blew me away with her set! It was so perfectly timed and brilliantly crafted – she was a real joy to watch! Her sound is so big and consuming that you could have picked it up and popped it into an arena and people would’ve been going crazy for it…however I was lucky enough to see her at a rather intimate venue and for that I am grateful.
I have no doubt that this songstress will be making big waves over the next couple of years as she takes pop music to a new, mature level. Her sound is huge with the use of synths, guitars, drums and pads – it just draws you in. Not to mention, her voice is fantastic! There were small things, like making the last letters of words really harsh so they stand out and off-beat drum fills that just made her set interesting and kept me constantly gripped.
I strongly implore anyone to watch Natalie McCool live, as you’re in for a real treat! Not only that, but she is a genuinely lovely person too; staying behind to talk to people at the merch stand and making time for her fans.
Having seen the show and getting a copy of the album there, I’ve had it on repeat ever since – I guarantee anyone will have an amazing time seeing her live and you should definitely get a copy of her new album, The Great Unknown, it’s ace! She reminded me a little bit, at times, of MUNA.
- Her rather awkwardly endearing banter with the crowd – I mean that in a nice way.
- I liked her explanations of the meanings behind some of the songs.
- The good chemistry between her and her band.
- The energy and life behind her performance.
- Fantastic craftsmanship of the set and the way it flowed.
- The list could go on…just go see her live!
Natalie played the entirety of her new album, The Great Unknown, (although not in order) which includes the songs Magnet*, Dig It Out, Cardiac Arrest and Fortress*.
* These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.
Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Phil from Sonic PR for setting me up with this review and to Natalie McCool herself for doing the interview for us and taking the time to chat to me after the show! Good luck with the big, official album launch later in the year.