ARTIST NAME: Natalie Bouloudis
SONG TITLE: Outlaster
ALBUM TITLE: Devil is Doubt
RELEASE DATE: 6 December 2019
GENRE: Indie Folknoir
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A native of East Sussex, Natalie Bouloudis first got her musical education in childhood, having played clarinet in jazz bands and a few guitar lessons at school.
From the age of seven, she started writing her own music and decided to launch her music into the public sphere under the name Aurora Harbinger.
She soon played venues like Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston and Green Note in Camden, quickly building a loyal fan base that enabled her to successfully crowd-fund her debut record.
For Natalie, playing live is an important consideration in the song-writing process, a process that focuses centrally on generating atmosphere and intimacy.
Her debut EP ’Dead Sea Scripts’, attracted a wealth of attention and saw her recognized for harbouring her own distinct sound, channeling her experiences and meditations into a deeply enchanting record. A panoramic soundscape loaded with pearls from her mythic lyricism and imagination.
The single ‘Firebird’ also saw her awarded the number 3 spot from music blog Earjelly’s 2017 ‘Top Ten Singer/Songwriter List’.
Though armed with encyclopaedic knowledge of narrative songwriters across the spectrum of folk, rock and jazz, Natalie brings to the table her own brand of atmospheric storytelling. It’s indie folk in its arrangements, but in terms of sheer vocal delivery she’s a soulful rock and roller, at times calling to mind the impressive vocal range and visceral tones of Patti Smith or Etta James.
Natalie Bouloudis and her band regularly tour, and they opened for London Festival of Architecture in 2017 before Florence + The Machine. Their enchanting live performance has also been captured in their recent ‘Margo’s Living Room’ session filmed at Hermitage Studios, London.
Natalie also recently got back from a West Coast USA tour including playing dates in Seattle and Portland as well as performing a live session on the KMUN ‘Friday Folk’ radio show.
Outlaster is the first single from the new EP ‘Devil is Doubt’ which is due for release in 2020.
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There’s a giant tidal wave incoming; the world is in chaos but there is assurance in the cool and defiant vocals of Natalie Bouloudis in Outlaster, the first single to be released in two years by the London-based and Sussex-bred singer-songwriter.
Outlaster is a song for our time, inspired by Bouloudis’ life-long fascination of the dystopian genre, be it Margaret Atwood’s bleak myths of an unreachable paradise or the sound of dripping oil against one of Ridley Scott’s burnt orange skies.
Outlaster combines storytelling with a tenacious spirit, painting visions of a not-too-distant apocalyptic future which is nevertheless overcome with strength of character.
An ode to hope and reconciliation and a much-needed beacon to lead us out of the gloom of 2019.
Outlaster speaks of endurance, Bouloudis sings of ‘savage beauty’, hard lessons and redemption, with directness and lyricism.
The song bursts into action with pulsating drums and an urgent glissando bass that conjures up a sense of suspense. The tension continues to rise like a cool mist, with plucked violin dancing across the droning guitar riff before an explosive release into the hook-laden chorus. It is an exhilarating and transformative listening experience, driven by a melody that rises and falls hypnotically like the waves on an energetic sea, and with vocals that soar on each undulating crest, effortlessly evoking reminders of Patti Smith.
The song culminates in a spectacular outro, both melodic and imaginative, completing the track’s triumphal arch.
This is an anthem for survival at a time when we are haunted with the idea of extinction. ‘Here comes disaster’ and ‘I’m the outlaster’ Bouloudis sings, in her unmistakably smoky tones, with both a power and a level of control that can only derive from performing regularly.
Outlaster offers an atmospheric soundscape, a revelation to anybody who wishes they could hear David Bowie’s Rock & Roll Suicide for the first time again, only this time with a female vocal reminiscent of the lurching tones of PJ Harvey and the soulfulness of Cat Power.
Bouloudis says, ‘what makes the dystopian genre so captivating is how it provides a thrilling and escapist ride full of awe but even more importantly, it holds up a mirror to human nature’.
In Outlaster, we are introduced to the themes to be found throughout the forthcoming EP, Devil is Doubt which she says has ‘moments of reconciliation throughout the record’ but just like Outlaster ‘it holds together with a unifying sense of an unbreakable spirit pushing ahead of existential agonies.’
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Outlaster is the first single from the forthcoming EP entitled ‘Devil is Doubt’ which will be released in 2020.
Devil is Doubt is a new 6 track EP recorded by Forbes Coleman (Stereophonics, You Me At Six, The Lone Bellow) at AudioBeach Studios in Brighton; mixed by Ed Deegan at Gizzard Analogue Recording Studios (The Cribs, Billy Childish, Slow Club, The Fall, Mark Ronson); and mastered by Nik Kozub (Veal). All music and lyrics by Natalie Bouloudis.
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I really hope you enjoy the new single Outlaster. I’m looking forward to releasing the full EP next year and going on tour too…
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I’m really looking forward to releasing the second single from the new Devil is Doubt EP called ‘Expand’ in spring 2020.
I’m also looking forward to announcing new live dates in the new year and am planning an EP tour next year too.
I watched the wave curling
That monster towering
But I wouldn’t listen, I wouldn’t hear the warnings
And now I float among ruins
A-hoo here comes disaster
A-hoo and I’m the outlaster
Great shadows cast, turquoise grey
Savage beauty in the decay
But I wouldn’t listen, I still wouldn’t listen,
I wouldn’t hear a thing
My world left spiraling
And the world becomes a silent place
When fate is a lost race
Then the sky fell
And the waves did swell
And this land of broken dreams
Neither heaven or hell
You go running for your shelter
I’ll be dancing
Dancing in the rain