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THE NATVRAL Announces “A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan” Single on Prefect Records + UK Tour In April

March 3, 2022

THE NATVRAL (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman) announces “A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan” single on Prefect Records

+ UK tour in April

The Natvral (Kip Berman, former frontman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) shares “A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan,” his first physical release since his 2021 debut LP Tethers. 

The 7” single will be released April 26 on Prefect Records. Limited to 240 copies on green vinyl. Pre-order it here.

About the track, Kip says, “‘A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan’ is about the allure and the limits of self-invention, and the ways we relate – or don’t – across oceans, language, and time.”

The accompanying video was directed by Art Boonparn, with Anthony Pietro as Director of Photography. Shot on Super 8 film in Berman’s new hometown of Princeton, New Jersey – it features appearances from his family.

The Natvral captivates the listener from the get-go, keeping their attention fixated on the overall warmth of the new creation. The abrasive passages and raw yet powerful vocal harmonies. The Natvral creates such expressive pieces, hanging onto the emotional vocal deliverance and the comforting tone. Both of these go hand in hand with the new single. A melodic and meaningful ensemble which creates one of the most visionary landscapes which lets the lyrics soar. The connection this track can make with any listener is something else.

The Natvral will be touring the UK, France and Spain in Spring 2022 solo electric, see dates below. 

April 17 Cardiff, UK – Wales Goes Pop 

April 18 Glasgow, UK – Monorail Records at Mono

April 20 Edinburgh, UK – Sneaky Pete’s 

April 21 Leeds, UK – Hyde Park Book Club

April 22 Manchester, UK – The Talleyrand

April 24 Bedford, UK – Esquires

April 25 Brighton, UK – The Prince Albert

April 26 London, UK – The Grace

April 27 Winchester, UK – The Railway Inn

May 2 Barcelona, ES – Vol

May 3 Valencia, ES – Loco Club

May 4 Madrid, ES – Siroco

May 5 Ourense, ES – Cafe & Pop Torgal

May 6 Vigo, ES – Radar Estudios

May 7 Porto, PT – Hotel Mouco

Tickets available at

Preorder “A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan”
A. A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan
B. I Won’t Back Down

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