Natalie McCool shares “Oh Danger”
Natalie McCool is a multifaceted artist whose musical journey of discovery through varied collaborations has now landed her on the most ambitious sound to date. Excelling in razor-sharp alt-pop production developed with Dave Berger from seminal Liverpool alt pop band Outfit, the new recordings have every hallmark of great pop music with a fresh twist of modern alternative influences.
‘Oh Danger’ is the new track from Natalie McCool and follows on from blog favourite ‘Pins’ which was a suitably prickly lament towards a faltering relationship, that ebbs and flows with an engrossing charm akin to Tove Lo or Lana Del Rey. This charm was not lost on Huw Stephens at Radio One who declared it ‘brilliant’ before playing the track on his show a number of times. ‘Pins’ came after the widely acclaimed ‘Dig it Out’, a dark ballad with syncopated vocal and shadowy video (released on Young and Lost Club), described by The Sunday Times as a ‘Mesmerising lilt-pop gem’.
‘Oh Danger’ brings a British twist to the modern pop of Sia and Lorde. Bold and earnest in equal amounts, McCool laments ‘Why every time we meet, I die and it tastes so sweet?’ in a song that’s punchy and fresh whilst fronted by ever-palatable pop melodies.
It’s this fresh honesty that sets McCool apart from her contemporaries, adding a level of meaning to her tracks that resonates beyond the superficial. ‘Pins’ also attracted floods of praise from the blogosphere including accolades from Idolator, Earmilk and Pigeons and Planes, who proclaimed it ‘another excellently crafted pop production’ and ‘a unique sound that blends electropop with an edgy alt-rock sensibility’. It’s this modern pop sound that has turned heads in McCool’s direction – with all of them hitting the replay button.
‘McCool’s vocals caress each digitally formed pop and clap, flirting in and out with the multiple arrangements of synths, all of which provide the perfect soundscape for the heart-grabbing lyrics.’ – The Music Ninja
‘Sure to cement McCool’s status as one of the country’s most promising female songwriters.’ – The 405
‘Pins quickly buries itself under your skin with its mechanically brushed drums and jazz-inflected pangs of lovesick fragility.’ – Q
‘The UK singer twists beautifully weaving vocal melodies along precision production and the most subtle of jazz harmonies. With hints of industrial tones and organically building percussion around the edges, this gives her slight rasp a tinge of brooding edginess. But don’t worry, it’s all wrapped up in hooky goodness. And we love it.’ – Kick Kick Snare‘
Uniquely ethereal and visceral vocal that has us captivated.’ –BlahblahblahScience
Next London show: 21st July, Sebright