Richmond, Virginia singer and songwriter Natalie Prass is following up her self-titled debut LP with the new EP Side By Side that features an interesting array of influences and genres.
The covers have yet to be released, but Prass has revealed that she will cover artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Grimes, and Anita Baker. So far, she has released live versions of two original tracks from the EP titled “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” and “Christy.” Check them out via Pitchfork here. Prass comments via Stereogum on her delightfully unusual cover choices:
I chose ‘Caught Up in the Rapture’ because it’s the perfect song and Anita Baker can really work a shoulder pad. I have crazy respect for her.
‘Sound of Silence.’ I dig the S & G… not like most people do. I can put it on for like a few songs because the lyrics and soft singing are very soothing, but then I’ll have to put on James Brown Live at the Apollo just to balance it out. Carmen McRae’s psychedelic version of this song is brilliant. We did it her way. It’s got that balance. This kind of style of music comes very naturally to us Richmond music folk. This was a one take Jake.
‘REALiTi’ by Grimes. Four chords. Simple lyrics and melodies. I think the world of her. We worked this song out in the studio never having played it before and recorded it like 3 times through. I think it works although she’s probably going to say ‘what is this jazz shit’ and hate it.
The EP is due out Nov. 20th through Startime International.