The most promising songwriter in the UK, Natalie McCool, is set to release her latest single ‘Wind Blows Harder’ this June via Young & Lost Club. Produced by David Berger (of Guardian and Pitchfork-acclaimed band ‘Outfit’), ‘Wind Blows Harder’ demonstrates the fast growing pace developing in McCool’s powerful artistry.
Awarded ‘Female Artist of the Year’ at the the Liverpool Music Awards 2013, Natalie McCool boasts the very finest musical background, having graduated with top honours from the highly prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). McCool is lauded by every single music luminary that crosses her path, including recent acclaim from Steve Lamacq, Dermot O’Leary and the founding editor of Mojo, Paul Du Noyer – who described her live performance as “spectral”. A burgeoning career so far has seen McCool perform at Hyde Park to an audience of 120,000, with a live four-track EP from London’s Abbey Road Studios also under her belt.
Describing herself as the lovechild of Johnny Marr & Elizabeth Fraser, at the heart of McCool’s signature sound is an ice-pure voice surrounded by a constellation of warm guitar, panoramic in its breadth. She taps on the door with delicate fingerstyle beginnings only to then wonderfully smash it down with Johnny Marr-esque riffing. Combining raw-to-the-touch lyrics with perfectly formed pop hooks, McCool sets herself at a lofty height from her peers by mesmerising the listener with the absolute and complete conviction in her performance.
McCool spent her childhood years drawing together a fine fabric of influences including Jeff Buckley, Cocteau Twins, PJ Harvey and The Stone Roses. These influences shine through on the brilliant ‘Wind Blows Harder’, described by The Line of Best Fit as a fist-pumping “indie-pop anthem”. Bathed in chorus-drenched reverb, ‘Wind Blows Harder’ beautifully haunts the listener by taking delight in its own freedom, coy boastfulness and a guitar sound as wide as the wind.
Natalie McCool ‘Wind Blows Harder’ single launch 11th June at Birthdays, London. FREE ENTRY w/ support from Leisure, YURS, Maybug and DJ sets from Francobollo & Young & Lost DJs.
Available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wind-blows-harder-single/id879178841