Published Oct 23, 2015Richmond, VA performer Natalie Prass impressed with the release of her self-titled debut album earlier this year. Before she moves on to new material, she's opted to reimagine her own songs and others on a new EP.
Called Side by Side, the five-song release pairs two live recordings with three covers. Of her own material, Prass performs "My Baby Don't Understand Me" and "Christy." Both of those songs can be streamed in full below.
In addition, she also took on Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture," Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" and Grimes' "REALiTi."
In a press release, Prass explained why she chose the covers that she did. Here's her statement in full:
I chose "Caught Up in the Rapture" because it's the perfect song and Anita Baker can really work a shoulder pad. I have crazy respect for her."
"Sound of Silence." I dig the S & G... not like most people do. I can put it on for like a few songs because the lyrics and soft singing are very soothing, but then I'll have to put on James Brown Live at the Apollo just to balance it out. Carmen McRae's psychedelic version of this song is brilliant. We did it her way. It's got that balance. This kind of style of music comes very naturally to us Richmond music folk. This was a one take Jake.
"REALiTi" by Grimes. Four chords. Simple lyrics and melodies. I think the world of her. We worked this song out in the studio never having played it before and recorded it like 3 times through. I think it works although she's probably going to say "what is this jazz shit" and hate it.
Side by Side will arrive on November 20 through StarTime International. The tracklisting is available below along with Prass' upcoming tour dates.
10/20 Austin, TX - Stubbs Jr
10/22 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
10/23 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
10/24 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10/27 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10/29 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10/30 Seattle, WA - Neumos
10/31 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11/05 Detroit, MI - Majestic Cafe
11/06 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
11/08 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
11/10 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/11 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Downstairs
11/12 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel