Natalie Prass Previewed “The Future And The Past” At SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Natalie Prass @ Parish | SXSW 3/14/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Natalie Prass: I remember when I heard my first Nattlie Prass song I did a double-take. It was “Bird Of Prey” and I thought to myself, “Is this a Minnie Ripperton b-side that I’d never heard before?” I instantly went down a Natatlie Prass rabbit hole searching for more of her delicate blue-eyes soul and have been keeping an eye out for her to swing by Los Angeles for a gig to catch her live.
Well … it’s taken way too long, and in anticipation of her sophomore album , “The Future And The Past”, she did a string of performances at SXSW to promote it and stir up the anticipation. She scheduled a gig in Los Angeles in September, but I’m the impatient kind, and I had to see her when I had the chance.
What I Thought Of Natalie Prass’ Performance: I absolutely loved the way Natalie’s music has evolved. Its tone and topics are edgier and more affirmative. She still wears her heart on her sleeve, but there’s a confidence the belies any hint of the demure.
Being backed by a full band allowed Natalie, when she wasn’t playing the guitar herself, to playfully interact with her players and dance about the stage to the rhythms of the funk being played. When she sang lyrics about the state of the world’s political and social climate, she sang as passionately as they come.
That’s not to say that there weren’t more delicate moments as well. Based on my notes, the performance had a perfect arch to it. It stared a little more downtempo and crescendoed into the playfully funky sonics that are on her new album.