The Future and the Past

The Future and the Past

by Natalie Prass


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Natalie Prass is no stranger to soul music -- at times, her eponymous 2015 debut functioned as a de facto tribute to Dusty Springfield -- but The Future and the Past finds the singer/songwriter embracing a kind of soul that's not exactly embraced by the po-faced revivalists: the sleek, synthesized sound of the early '80s. Call this Prass looking into the future as much as the past, a move she telegraphs in the very title of this exceptional second album. Prass established her troubadour bona fides on her debut, yet that fine record occasionally seemed enthralled to the hazy vistas of Laurel Canyon, a sensibility that cannot be heard on The Future and the Past. Savvy and stylish, the album updates a number of classic sounds -- songs deliberately styled in a '60s tradition are draped in '80s fashion and vice versa -- which creates an appealing bit of cognitive dissonance: certain sounds and arrangements seem naggingly familiar, but Prass and co-producer Matthew E. White piece them together in a fashion that seems simultaneously fresh and familiar. As pure sound, this is a rich, enveloping experience, but the record endures not only because the songs are so strong, but because Prass is so confident here that she seems to swagger. Her voice remains light and airy, but there's a gritty, soulful bent to her phrasing, and she takes chances with her songwriting. Sometimes, her lyrics may be a little too on the nose -- a fault that plagues the otherwise appealing "Sisters" -- but her musical skills are so fluid and sharp, she makes heavy-handed moments seem light. The result is an impressive step forward, an album that finds Natalie Prass straddling the border between the future and the past, just as she promised.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2018
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882321925
catalogNumber: 823219
Rank: 43667

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natalie Prass   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Lead
Kim Ryan   Viola
Daniel Clarke   Piano
Pinson Chanselle   Percussion,Drums
Cameron Ralston   Bass
Molly Sharp   Viola
Trey Pollard   Conductor
Alan Parker   Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Devonne Harris   Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar
Treesa Gold   Violin
Anna Bishop   Violin
Stacy Matthews   Violin
Jason McComb   Celli
Adrian Pintea   Violin
Peter Greydanus   Celli
Hyojoo Uh   Viola
Schuyler Slack   Celli
Danielle Nichols   Choir, Chorus
Brandi Wellman   Choir, Chorus
Briana Vaughn   Choir, Chorus
Ashleigh Banks   Choir, Chorus
Amber Bethea   Choir, Chorus
Alana Nichols   Choir, Chorus
Kionna Harris   Choir, Chorus
Raven Worlds   Choir, Chorus
Charnise Archie   Choir, Chorus
Ellen Riccio   Violin
Beth Judson   Celli
Joseph Clark   Choir Director

Technical Credits

Steve Lindsey   Composer
Dillon O'Brian   Composer
Amy Wadge   Composer
Fiona Bevan   Composer
Adj Buffone   Composer
Mikky Ekko   Composer
Adrian Olsen   Engineer
Kyle Ryan   Composer
Natalie Prass   Composer,Producer
Matthew E. White   Composer,Producer
Trey Pollard   Composer,String Arrangements
Treesa Gold   String Contractor
Peter Barbee   Composer
Na Kim   Graphic Design
Taylor Barnett   String Conductor

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