With an international cult fanbase already hanging on her every note, Natalie Evans’s debut album ‘Better At Night’ saw her intricate compositions and characterful vocals reaching more ears than ever before on its 2018 release via Small Pond recordings. While winning new fans, her new material has also been met with excitement by existing followers of her work, which includes her originally self-released ‘Houses’ EP (re-issued in 2019) and ‘Under The Moon’ single, plus guest vocals on Delta Sleep’s ‘Camp Adventure’.
Evans’s new songs have continued to luxuriate in the vivid minutiae of life, channelling themes of nostalgia, the passing of time and human connection with a poetic lightness of touch. Heavy airplay from BBC 6 Music’s Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey, Radcliffe & Maconie and Gideon Coe; Nick Luscombe (Late Junction, BBC R3); BBC Introducing; John Kennedy (Radio X); adds to live sessions on BBC London, Radio X and BBC Radio Kent. This is joined by a wealth of press, podcast and playlist support, headlining live tours and festival slots including ArcTanGent and Portals.
Fusing a virtuosic talent on guitar, harp and piano with a distinctive playing style and finely tuned songwriting sensibilities, Kent-born Londoner Natalie Evans’s music glows with a rare self-contained grace, as she wraps her minimalist and deceptively simple lyrical lines in winning hooks and harmonies.
Although she’d had no formal training, a fascination with classical music inspired Evans to learn piano and harp in recent years, her talent and studious approach leading her to achieve an exceptionally high standard. These instruments add to her mastery of the guitar, which began as a teen hobby and became something of an obsession when she discovered the finger-picking style that she has gone on to make her mainstay.
Her more recent compositions, including 2019’s ‘Pavements’ single, lift the lid on Evans’s current interest in electronic music techniques, hinting at future forays and experiments in that direction.
Natalie Evans has inspired comparisons with folk sensation and fellow harpist Joanna Newsom, while she is influenced as a songwriter by artists spanning across a wide variety of genres from anti-folk to classical, math rock and emo. In addition to the aforementioned Delta Sleep hook-up, Evans has also worked with TTNG (Sargent House) side-project The Otter Years, Apidae (Dumont Dumont), and released a two-track split with US star Yvette Young. Evans has played extensively in the UK, alongside established acts including Angelo De Augustine (Asthmatic Kitty), Tall Ships (FatCat), Tera Melos (Sargent House), and Big Scary Monsters signings Delta Sleep and Tangled Hair.
Following a real coming-of-age year for this constantly surprising artist and captivating performer, fans can look forward to more live show and release announcements from Natalie Evans in the near future.