Natalie McCool returns with new single ‘Devils’, released on 25th September via AWAL. Her second single this year, Natalie is keeping herself very busy whilst she is unable to play live. Throughout the six months since her last gig she has entertained fans with a series of online performances and regular editions of her podcast McCool & The Gang. She’s also managed to fill her time with regular online writing sessions, new collaborations and essential preparations ahead of the release of her new album next year. ‘Devils’, co-written with Daniel Haggis of The Wombats, gives us another hint of what to expect.
“Devils is essentially about allowing yourself every once in a while to give into emotions that are traditionally seen as negative, and that’s okay, because we are only human and need to experience and accept these feelings to be whole. I think giving someone the space and support to say anything and everything they are experiencing or thinking, and for that also to be ok, is an amazing way to accept and move on. In a way it’s taking away the stigma and shame of these feelings and turning the experience into something positive that will make you stronger.” – Natalie McCool
Previous single ‘Closure’, a fully independent release in every sense, garnered some fantastic attention during such an uncertain time, at the end of March. It felt like a track that people genuinely wanted to hear in order to brighten their day, to help people feel positive and provide some escapism during such a trying period. The track was supported across many websites and blogs, such as Clash Magazine, God is in The TV and Under The Radar. It also picked up continued support from BBC Introducing, not just regionally via BBC Radio Merseyside, but also featuring on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio One show. She also shared her lockdown experiences through a cover feature with Liverpool music-monthly Bido Lito! and recently got the opportunity to perform with her band at the M&S Bank Arena as part of the Liverpool Digital Music Festival, an online event formed during lockdown as a result of the lack of opportunities for local artists to showcase their wares.
It is also worth noting that a cover Natalie did a while back of ‘Wondrous Place’ by Liverpool legend Billy Fury was chosen by SKY to head up the advertising campaign for the much anticipated drama ‘The Third Day’ which is now available to watch. The show is a collaboration with HBO, stars Jude Law and Naomie Harris and is produced by Brad Pitt’s production company. Check out the trailer here.
2020 has felt like forging a new path, having built a strong foundation to achieve great things, she has had to think on her feet and adapt pretty quickly. The cancellation of SXSW along with a string of tour dates and other showcase-style gigs would’ve put anyone off releasing music, but for Natalie it was important to persevere. She hopes to build on previous support with ‘Devils’, keeping a close eye on the changing landscape around her in order to share her album with the world in 2021 in the best way possible.
She released her debut album ‘The Great Unknown’ in 2016, with tastemakers from across the board becoming fans of her exceptional art, such as The Sunday Times, Q and The Line of Best Fit. Single ‘Cardiac Arrest’ was also playlisted on BBC Radio One in the lead up to the release of the album.
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