TUNE Natalie Evans - New Year
“New Year” is the latest single to emerge from Natalie Evans’ debut album ‘Better At Night’, which was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim and heavy radio support. Reflective, hopeful, and full of seasonal resonance, this beautifully poised guitar- and piano-led song is accompanied on this digital single by a brand new remix from Yumi And The Weather (released on 14th December ahead of the 25th January radio impact date).
This release follows high profile radio play for the album from BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey, Radcliffe & Maconie; Nick Luscombe (Late Junction, BBC R3), BBC Introducing, and live sessions for the likes of Robert Elms (BBC London) and BBC Radio Kent, as well as heavy press, podcast and playlist support.
“New Year” showcases Evans’ talent for crossing effortlessly between folk, pop and classical influences. On this stripped-back and personal song, Evans explores the familiar yet discomfiting experience at the turn of the year, or any time of momentous change, when a sense of nostalgia and revisiting old haunts is also combined with throwing oneself into the future. Her intricate guitar playing is joined by a poignant piano part which was inspired by a phase of listening to a lot of Final Fantasy music as well as the soundtrack to the indie computer game ‘To The Moon’, while she also credits Eliott Smith, Peter Broderick and Owen as influences on the song.
“When I lived in Brighton I would walk to the beach listening to music at night quite a bit, especially in my last summer there when I knew I would have to leave soon”, says Evans. “I discovered a lot of music during those times. It was also when I first properly listened to classical piano music. The song’s about reflecting on that time, and doing the same walk with someone else a few years later. I wrote the final verse to this song after a New Year’s party, and it’s about moving forward while still feeling nostalgic.”
Having developed her complex, fingerpicked guitar style in her teens, a fascination with classical music inspired Natalie Evans more recently to learn piano and harp – her talent and studious approach leading her to an exceptionally high standard. She has inspired comparisons with folk sensation and fellow harpist Joanna Newsom, while she is influenced as a songwriter by a hugely eclectic range of artists from the pop-punk, math-rock, folk, experimental and classical worlds. A series of self-releases, high-profile collaborations and live shows brought her to the attention of Small Pond, the perfect home for her debut album. Following a widespread tour this summer, and a set at ArcTanGent festival, Natalie Evans has put together a full live band which debuted at London’s Scala for the ENJOYsugoi festival in November.