Melbourne, Australia has a long and storied music history. It is home to great and even iconic artists and bands such as Crowded House, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Air Supply, and Men At Work. Jet, The Cat Empire, Miami Horror, and Cut Copy are some of the more “newer” acts to further validate Melbourne as a world-leading, musical city. And more recently, the state capital of Victoria has brought us Courtney Barnett, Cloves, Harts, and Dick Diver.
Today, we have the pleasure of introducing another young artist to know – Natalie Carolan.
Nearly a year ago, Carolan released her debut song, “Time”, which was the first introduction to her ethereal, melodic-driven alt-folk-pop mix. Today, she is sharing her second single, “She’ll Know How It Goes”. With the support of producer James Saunders, Carolan has crafted a song that is rich and stunning yet feels vulnerable. Her beautiful voice shines throughout the track, and she feels like she is right next to you even when her voice rises during the song’s climax. The intimacy and the immediacy that echo throughout the song are rare gifts that even the most seasoned singer-songwriters never masters. Yet Carolan has achieved this on just her second song.
The other noticeable trait that shines through is Carolan’s songwriting. As she showed on “Time” and again with “She’ll Know How It Goes”, Carolan expertly writes songs about other people or characters. The stories are being told through someone else’s eyes and not her own. They are songs of perseverance and desperation, and during such times no note, no lyric, no space is wasted.
These two characteristics should have Natalie Carolan on the path to being recognized as one of not just Melbourne’s but Australia’s emerging songwriting talents. Her musical style, her mature songwriting, and the intimacy of her music are all reminiscent of another great singer-songwriter named Natalie – Natalie Merchant. Carolan has that sort of potential.
“She’ll Know How It Goes” along with “Time” will be on Carolan’s forthcoming, debut EP, which expected mid-2016. She’s also undertaking another project with Luke Howard (piano) and Leonard Grigoryan (guitar) that she says will be a “delicate and dreamy” album. It will be more stripped down than her solo album. So be on the look out for a lot of new music by this gifted artist.
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