NATALIE MCCOOL ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘MEMORY GIRL’ ALONGSIDE THE GLITTERING NEW SINGLE ‘HEAVEN’, OUT APRIL 20TH
After delivering her incredibly well-received single ‘A Sun Going Down’ in February, which was named Track Of The Week on BBC Introducing Merseyside, as well as receiving plays from Amazing Radio, and tastemaker support from the likes of Wonderland, Record of the Day, The Most Radicalist, When The Horn Blows and much more, emerging alt-pop artist Natalie McCool has now announced the details behind her eagerly-awaited new album ‘Memory Girl’ – set for release on July 30th – alongside the newly unveiled lead track ‘Heaven’.
Having spent the last few years developing and cultivating her sound, ‘Memory Girl’ marks a major milestone in the Liverpudlian’s career to date. Bringing together a wealth of material she has released over the last year, as well as brand new offerings, her new full-length aims to create a fresh and retrospective look at her output so far, giving us a tantalising taste of her glorious direction.
Memory Girl’s existence owes a debt of gratitude to some of Natalie’s biggest supporters, who earlier this year committed to pre-ordering the then untitled record in order to fund the pressing of the album.
Speaking about the new album, she said, “Memory Girl is about childhood and adulthood. Songs that feel introspective. Songs about not having a voice, finding a voice, jealousy, love, loss and peace. It’s about things that have left a deep mark on you one way or another, those moments from the past that hit you and knock you sideways, either making you laugh out loud or nearly die of embarrassment. It has a strong focus on the habits and mental state of myself and those very close to me. It’s really close and introspective. It’s about discovering yourself, recognising what’s good for you and what’s not – it’s about learning curves.”
Her newest single ‘Heaven’ looks to showcase exactly what we can expect from this upcoming collection. Much like what we have heard so far, the track adopts a myriad of diverse and exciting pop-rock textures to deliver a blissfully warm and spellbinding sound that perfectly cements her intentions for the new full-length.
Adding about ‘Heaven’, “”When I go to heaven, will I remember how it feels?” Heaven is a state of never forgetting how good or right something was, even if you’re viewing it through rose tinted shades, or in hindsight; even if it’s so overpowering it drags you right back to square one – back to that time and place.
“Today I took a walk on the wild side, such brave talk – I thought of you and the tiger died”. Heaven is that safe place where you can envelop yourself with a memory – and although you might feel the ‘grown up’ thing to do is just move on – you’re spellbound by it.”
‘Memory Girl’ Tracklisting:
A Sun Going Down
Take Me To Your Leader
Listen To The Radio
Will It Happen Now?
The news arrives after an impressive 2020 for Natalie McCool, which saw her previously shared singles ‘Closure’ and ‘Devils’ land radio plays on BBC Radio 1, 6Music, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio and tastemaker support from the likes of CLASH, Under The Radar, God Is In The TV, and Breaking More Waves to name a few.
2019 proved to be a transitional year for Liverpool based artist Natalie McCool, and 2020 saw her forging a new path for herself, having built a strong foundation to achieve great things. Her early single ‘Someone Nue’ saw her invited to support Aurora and She Drew The Gun, alongside playing many of her own headline shows across the UK. Her cover of ‘Wondrous Place’ by Liverpool legend Billy Fury was chosen by Sky to head up the advertising campaign for their highly-praised drama series ‘The Third Day’, a collaboration with HBO starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, and produced by Brad Pitts production company. Check out the trailer here.
Natalie also hosts a monthly podcast series called McCool & The Gang, to explore different parts of the music industry with featured guests she has collaborated with in some form or another, including BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins, The Whyte Horses, Hattie Pearson and Silent Cities.
The LIPA graduate released her previous album ‘The Great Unknown’ in 2016, which saw media support from the likes of The Sunday Times, Q and The Line of Best Fit. Her single ‘Cardiac Arrest’ was also playlisted on BBC Radio 1 in the lead up to the release of the album.