Having risen through the ranks of the UK indie world, championed by pop stars and indie icons and collaborated with Suede legend Bernard Butler on her stunning 2013 self-titled album, the inimitable Natalie McCool returns with brand new single ‘Fortress’.
Listen to “Fortress”
McCool’s breed of slick alternative pop has won acclaim from tastemakers including The Sunday Times, Q, Clash, Line of Best Fit and the 405, as well as Huw Stephens and Alice Levine, while BBC Introducing described the edgy artist as “one of the finest emerging songwriters around”.
The singer-songwriter’s brilliant debut was built on a foundation of deliciously dark, gloomy indiepop, but ‘Fortress’ is an awakening – emerging from the shadows and rising victoriously. Produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Clean Cut Kit, VITAMIN), ‘Fortress’ swells and shimmers, culminating in a jubilant cascading crescendo, McCool’s rich, rousing lead vocals soaring across an epic backdrop.
McCool will be heading out on tour throughout Spring this year.
A SONG WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO MAKE MUSIC:
Ok Computer by Radiohead
BEST RIDER YOU HAVE EVER HAD:
A 3 course slap up meal!
CRAZIEST MOMENT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED IN MUSIC:
A songwriting session with Paul McCartney…
DEEPEST LYRICS ONE OF YOUR SONGS FEATURES:
“And we wove in and we wove out of each other, so close I couldn’t see the patterns” from Pins.
EASIEST SONG YOU WROTE:
FAVOURITE SONG IN YOUR SET:
GUEST YOU’D MOST LIKE TO FEATURE ON YOUR RECORD:
HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING IN A MUSICIAN:
Some people don’t think it’s a real job!
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU:
If I wasn’t a musician I’d work in genetics. Absolutely fascinated by DNA & the idea of cloning.
JOKES THAT KEEP YOU SMILING ON A LONG DAY:
“What’s that sound? Oh it’s all the f***s I don’t give” always makes me laugh!
KEY TO WRITING A SONG:
Shoot from the heart!
LONGEST DISTANCE YOU’VE TRAVELLED TO PLAY A SHOW:
MOST INSPIRING MUSICIAN YOU’VE EVER EXPERIENCED:
There have been a few. Laura Mvula and Kate Tempest are the most recent
NEW BAND YOU’D RECOMMEND:
OPENING FOR THIS BAND WOULD BE IDEAL:
PLACE YOU’D MOST LIKE TO TOUR:
QUOTE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO PASS ON TO READERS:
“People not profit”
REASON FOR THE TITLE OF YOUR RECENT/FORTHCOMING RELEASE:
“Fortress”…I wrote it about building a fortress in your mind. It’s about strength and catharsis.
SEE YOU LIVE AT:
On my upcoming tour!! 15 dates across the UK. I am hugely excited for it. Check it out on my website.
THE OLD DAYS OF MUSIC WERE BETTER THAN THOSE CURRENT, DO YOU AGREE:
No – I think now is just as exciting as then
That I’ve seen? Probably the KISS coffin
VARIATIONS YOU’D LIKE TO DO ON ANY OF YOUR SONGS:
Would love to do a trip hop version of one of my songs..
WHAT DO YOUR FANS MEAN TO YOU:
This much. I wouldn’t be able to keep on making music without their support.
X-RAYS OR ANY OTHER TREATMENTS NEEDED FOR MUSIC RELATED INJURIES:
Meditation and a calm mind!
YOU’RE LATE FOR A SHOW, WHO’S FAULT IS IT:
ZOO ANIMAL THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR PERSONALITY:
Natalie McCool can be found here: