Back on January 10th, PA's Natalie Lain released her self-titled EP. Having been picked up in late 2016 by Switchbitch Records and taken under the wing of former Venetia Fair member (RIP - but they were super dope and influential, check them out) and Switchbitch founder Michael Abiuso, Natalie was able to write and record a solid debut effort. Reflecting on the album, Lain considered the work a short compilation of her early work as a musician and a culmination of several, varied influences.
"My niche as a musician is constantly becoming clearer to me, yet always expanding. I love grunge, jazz, metal, edm, and rock n roll. I see myself incorporating all of that which inspires me into my future work and did my very best to incorporate it into this album. I could not be more grateful to be a part of this wild and crazy world full of art and full experiences to be had and shared. Music is truly everything."
This blend of influences is prevalent throughout the EP, wherein Natalie employs some of the best elements of those previously mentioned genres - she jumps from funky jazz to typical singer-songwriter elements, to indie/alternative rock to pop and more. This tasteful utilization and mix of genres made for a polished, well-produced debut effort, which in my view, suggests a promising career ahead for the young musician. I'm intrigued to see what direction she goes if she decides to write/record a full length album and if she decides to continue working with Mr. Abiuso in the future, since he seemingly held a strong influence in the EP's musical direction.
You can check out the track listing for the self-titled EP below and stream/download it on Natalie Lain's Bandcamp here: