I had the pleasure of reviewing songstress Natalie Wildgoose’s debut single “You”, here at Backseat Mafia. Needless to say I wasn’t sure what to expect from this up and coming songstress; I had anticipated a clear, distinctive sound following the likes of a jazzier Laura Marling, perhaps with Imogen Heap influences.
Natalie was indeed right to play on her soulful, ethereal vocals, and she promised to be someone who could indeed develop nicely not just as a vocalist, but as a songwriter.
Enter Matt Robinson, a widely sought after pianist and composer (SnowPoet, Duncan Eagles, Nick Costley Trio). I think this particular pairing is what Natalie needed as an artist and I’m personally overjoyed that they are to release a five-track EP on July 16th.
This magical duo, aptly named Wanderland release their first track, “Soon”, a wonderfully seductive and heavenly debut single. The track clearly displays Robinson’s distinctive affiliation to blend jazz, indie and folk-electronica into one seamless blanket of angelic sounds which duly enhances a more confident and talented Wildgoose.
BBC Radio has already described the track as a “tonic for the soul … I’ve had this on repeat, it’s so stunning.” and it’s been chosen as BBC Introducing’s Record of the Week.
The song was written and created in the middle of nowhere in North Yorkshire in a wild old mill, where the indie-folk offering specialises in creating a dream-fuelled world, filled with adventure.
The duo recall: “Whilst writing and recording the EP we inhabited a sort of mythological sonic world. Featuring processed massed vocals, swirling synths and improvised acoustic piano, as well as field recordings of waterfalls and other instrumental sounds from the wilderness.
“These were all then treated with distortion, drop-outs, sonic break-ups, along with other ethereal harmonic and lyrical moments.”
This is a pair to watch out for. Listen to their debut single, out June 18th here .