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Natalie McCool: You and I


Lilt-pop singer (and SEEN favourite) Natalie McCool and her band are soon to embark on an 8-date UK Tour. London fans will be delighted to hear that they stop off at the Victoria, Dalston on 23rd March. Liverpool-based Natalie McCool is set to release her new single You & I on 24th March 2017 – a track from her second album, released by her own Fortress Sounds label via Ditto Music. Listen to You & I here:

You & I is a glittering, psych-pop infused ditty about love like a simultaneous equation – something to be solved, even when you can’t make sense of it. Opening with a rock solid beat the verses are delightfully witty: “I can’t think, I can’t divide, I can’t even sum myself up on the inside”. The pared-down production showcases the purity of Natalie’s voice, and the poignancy of the lyrics, which chart regretful longing. If, like SEEN, you’re a little cynical about romance, this is just the song for you, taken from her second album, The Great Unknown, which was produced by David Berger from Outfit at Schall Und Wahn.

Since the release of her debut album, with whom she collaborated with Suede legend Bernard Butler, Natalie McCool has picked up a steadily growing support base of fans and critics alike with her truly innovative and beautiful take on pop music. Natalie can count The Sunday Times, Wonderland, Q, Clash, Line of Best Fit, The 405, Huw Stephens and Alice Levine amongst her fans, while BBC Introducing described the artist as “one of the finest emerging songwriters around”.

SEEN: Congratulations on the release of ‘You & I’ and ‘The Great Unknown’, Natalie. SEEN enjoyed the lyrics to ‘You & I’; are they typical of a new direction for the album?

NATALIEMCCOOL: Thank you! Yes I would say they are in the same vein as the rest of the album. The album is about relationships with other people and their intricate workings. You & I in particular is about being at odds with someone constantly. If you think of yourself and the other person as a sum – you just can’t add it up and it can be frustrating.

S: Hailing from Liverpool, which has such a rich musical heritage, who were your influences growing up?

NM: Growing up I was into (and still am): Gomez, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Mansun. Mainly guitar bands as I had a real obsession with the instrument and still do. 

S: You have your own label, Fortress Sounds. Is it hard to maintain a foot in both camps as artist and label-owner?

NM: No not at all. You are basically releasing your own music, which you would be doing anyway without a label. It just makes it more official. I am really proud of it. I never thought I would have my own label and release music on it. It feels so grown up…

S: You’re off on tour soon. Are they venues that you’ve played before? Any favourites? Where would you really love to play?

NM: I love the Nottingham Bodega and Leeds Brudenell – they are brilliant venues with a really great feel. With each tour it feels like I am making my way around each venue in each city! Which is really cool. There is one place I would absolutely LOVE to play – Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. It’s a naturally formed open air venue – it looks really impressive.

S: You’re in London, you’ve got a couple of hours to spare, what’s your favourite thing to do in the capital?

NM: I love the markets. I’d mosey around Spitalfields, get some fresh juice at Borough Market and have a trip down Brick Lane to browse in the vintage shops. I’ve never been to Portobello Market before so I’d probably take a trip there too. I like being outdoors when I’m in London.


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