New music: Alt-soul artist Natalie Duncan presents new single ‘Lies’- Out Now
‘the humane intersecting with the machine’ – Clash
‘after-hours alt-soul’ – The Sunday Times
With latest single ‘Kingston’ having recently debuted on Clash, talented alt-soul artist Natalie Duncan returns with her new single, ‘Lies’, due for release on 28th August.
A collaboration with songwriter Hannah Yadi – whose own eclectic pop project YADi has seen heavy support from The Line Of Best Fit – ‘Lies’ was produced by Yorkshire duo Exmoor Emperor, who manipulated and warped Natalie’s original chords into this resulting summer R&B jam.
A sublime example of her ever-evolving sound, ‘Lies’ utilises distorted, chopped-up vocal samples and subtle, bassy keys to complement Natalie’s fluid melodies, opening up into an anthemic chorus of personal lyrics that reflect her soulful influences.
In the singer’s words, her favourite lyric “You need to face it, I can’t be different”
references “that moment in the relationship when you’re done hiding your true self from your partner, but at the same time, you don’t want them to reveal that ‘truth’ to anyone else.”
Natalie’s new material follows hot on the heels of her latest EP, ‘Black and White’, which had its lead cut featured in The Sunday Times Culture section as one of their ‘Hottest Tracks’. Mixed by Sneaker Pimps founder Liam Howe – also recognised as the producer behind FKA Twigs’ first EP – it marked a stark progression from the classic style that characterised her first album, ‘Devil In Me’, and saw her begin to experiment with an edgier electronic sound.
Duncan’s broad appeal has already seen her featured by the likes of MOJO, Q Magazine, SBTV and RWD, while she has collaborated with industry heavyweights such as Goldie, Magnetic Man and DJ Q, who provided a bass-heavy remix to ‘Black and White’ EP cut ‘Oh My God’.
With an impressive ability to effortlessly span genres, here is an artist who clearly refuses to be pigeon-holed: with her sights firmly set on the future, Natalie will be releasing further new material over the following months and continuing to evolve her powerful sound.