The Verse’s Nammie Matthews previews Natalie McCool ahead of her show at Brighton’s Green Door Store on Thursday 29th September as part of the tour of her newest album, The Great Unknown
Singer-songwriter Natalie McCool comes to Brighton this week (just in time for Freshers!), bringing with her a slick breed of alternative pop that has won acclaim from universal tastemakers Q, Wonderland, Clash and Line of Best Fit.
Having risen through the ranks of the UK indie world, been championed by pop stars, indie icons and influencers (see: Huw Stephens/Alice Levine), McCool already collaborated with the likes of Suede legend Bernard Butler on her stunning 2013 self-titled album. She may have first become recognised when she won a Yamaha-sponsored national songwriting competition judged by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, but don’t let any judgement of Coldplay taint your image of her – she’s come a long way since then.
The singer-songwriter’s brilliant debut may have been built on a foundation of deliciously dark, gloomy indie-pop, but The Great Unknown is an awakening – emerging from the shadows and rising victoriously with a number of prickly pop tunes like Huw Stephens favourite Pins and rousing epic numbers like Fortress sandwiching subtly emotive songs such as Radio One playlisted Cardiac Arrest.
Excelling in razor-sharp alt-pop production developed with Dave Berger from seminal alt-pop band Outfit, Natalie McCool’s recordings have every hallmark of great pop music with a fresh twist of modern alternative influences.
Returning with a tour on the back of the release of her new album The Great Unknown on September 9th, McCool is sure to cement her status as one of the UK’s most hopeful lyricists with her intoxicating mix of melodic vocals, atmospheric riffs and heavy bass.
Natalie McCool comes to Brighton’s Green Door Store on Thursday 29th September. For tickets, go here (or visit The Verse at Hastings/Brighton Freshers Fairs for a chance to win a pair of tickets!)