On Friday 13th March I went to see Natalie Duncan at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank. Natalie is an English singer songwriter who’s just released her new EP Black & White. Black & White is Natalie’s comeback; in 2012 she released Devil in Me, an album which swayed further to a more traditional jazz genre. However with Black & White she has become more modern and electronic. To me, her new style is more appealing to teens because it’s relatable and more accessible to us.
The gig was great, Natalie is a natural performer. Her vocals are incredible! She has a wide range and her ad-libs were beautiful. When she addressed the audience throughout the show, she came across a little shy, yet her voice is so powerful that it overcomes her shyness. At every gig I’ve been to so far, there has always been background noise, people chatting, laughing and moving around. However, the audience seemed to be mesmerised throughout and it was so silent from the first breath to the last word. There was a larger level of respect between the audience and the artist compared to every other gig I’ve been to, either because of the smaller venue or maybe it was just her sheer talent.
What’s more, is that she’s a exceptional pianist. This instrument features in most of her tracks and as I’m a pianist too it was truly inspiring to watch her perform. I reckon a reason why I love her so much is because of her playing, because I aspire to be as good as her. Most musicians can knock out a few chords but she can really play. The combination couldn’t be better, her voice feels as though it belongs with the piano.
Ripples and Black & White are my favourite tracks from the EP. The use of triplets in Ripples makes it sound so different, and I like that. I think that sometimes the feeling of a song is more important than what is trying to be said. Yeah, the lyrics of Ripples are clever but the actual feel of the song is something in itself. Its relaxing, exciting, happy, and sad all at the same time. The opening to Black & White instantly interests you with the pauses and soft melody. I guess the reason it’s one of my favourites is simply because its catchy, it’s been stuck in my head since Friday. Everyday when I go onto Spotify I find myself gravitating towards Black & White which is something I can only say about a few EPs I’ve come across.
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I definitely recommend you to check out this EP 😀
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