Future-pop auteur NATALIE MCCOOL gives us a peek inside her record bag to reveal some of the tracks and sounds that inspired her new single, Someone Nue.
I’m in love with intimate sounding vocals so this track is perfect for me. This girl is really something. The music’s like a really soulful early Grimes, and her voice is so emotive: it’s the same in all of her material, but especially so in this track. The way the beat drops in the chorus is so subtle but so very satisfying. Lots of space, too, which I’m always conscious about because it’s really important.
This isn’t really an influence on the production or recording process, but I recently discovered this band and think they are amazing. I watched one of their NPR Tiny Desk Concerts and the chemistry between singer Adrianne Lenker and guitarist Buck Meek was so strong, and they play with such feeling. Lenker’s voice on this is something else: it tonally reminds me a bit of Ezra Furman. Can’t wait to see them live.
Ashes To Ashes
I was hugely inspired by the drums on this when we were recording one of my new tracks, Better. The start-stop feel is really interesting and I think makes this track. I always like to experiment with drums and finding beats that aren’t conventional. For me, it’s something that actually can drive the songwriting and the rest when you’re building the song. So this was a big reference point.
Oh My God
I’m a sucker for her album, Actor. This one’s on the deluxe version of the album. I love the orchestral flourishes throughout the whole album and I think she is such an interesting, wonderful songwriter. This track for me is absolute heaven, though – vocally it’s just epic. I’m big into operatic-sounding vocal lines at the moment and so I’ve been hammering this. Kinda feels like it should be in a David Lynch version of The Wizard of Oz; I can just imagine it fading in where Dorothy falls asleep in the field of poppies. Beautiful.
Yeh, you weren’t expecting that were you? This is in here purely for those insane 80s affected toms which we used (probably too much) on some of my new songs. I mean… whack it on and just ENJOY IT.
Sunflower (ft. Steve Lacy)
They’re so good at creating little golden nuggets of ear wonder aren’t they? Praising them for always finding an interesting way of introducing an instrument or part into the mix. I’ve never seen them live so I’m really intrigued by how they would play their songs and make it sound… I don’t know, LIVE. This one is a personal favourite; I love a strangely compelling vocal line so this grabs me hugely. It really sounds like a Christmas song to me! I’m not complaining, though.
Someone Nue is out now via Modern Sky UK.