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Natalie Prass Shares New Song “Sisters,” a “Feminist Anthem”

The Future and the Past Due Out June 1 via ATO

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Natalie Prass is releasing a new album, The Future and the Past, on June 1 via ATO. Previously she shared a video for its first single, "Short Court Style" (which was one of our Songs of the Week), and also performed the song on Conan. Now she has shared the album's second single, "Sisters," which a press release calls a "feminist anthem." The jazzy song features an all-female choir singing "Keep your sisters close/You gotta keep your sisters close to ya." The press release says the song "is a powerful call for solidarity and strength in femininity, during uncertain times." The song was shared via a visual featuring animation by Jordan Bruner. Listen to it below, followed by her upcoming tour dates.

Prass had this to say about "Sisters" in the press release:

"This song was written right after 45 was elected. I was raised in an environment where 'women can't do this or that.' It was around me in my personal life, but was also deeply built in the culture around me. It resulted in me thinking (sadly up until recently) to be a girl meant to be weak. I was rebellious and confused on what being a woman meant for me in life. A lot of women can't relate to my situation, and I commend you, but I know a lot of women and girls out there can relate to my story. I now know more than ever that women are a force to be reckoned with, and we can change this world for the better. I desperately needed an anthem after Nov. 6. 2016. All of my past ghosts that I thought I had overcome came back to haunt me and I was paralyzed for months. This song was my warrior cry when I was losing hope. We demand equality for all marginalized groups, we demand safety in our neighborhoods, we demand safe health care and proper family leave, we demand better public schools for all classes, we demand equal pay & safety in our place of work. There are solutions to these issues and we need to stick together to solve them. When one ship rises, we all rise. Keep your sisters close. WE ARE WORLD WIDE WORLD CLASS."

The Richmond based singer/songwriter released her acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2015 via Spacebomb/StarTime International. She had a new album written and was ready to record it when Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, which led to Prass rewriting the album (Speedy Ortiz said the same thing when they announced their new album last week). As a previous press release put it: "Out of her despair and disappointment in those results came an impulse she could not ignore: she rewrote the album to reflect these swirling emotions." The press release also called the album "a stunning snapshot of a musician in a state of personal rediscovery and surging femininity. The celebratory and defiant The Future and the Past also signals a significant artistic leap for Prass on the heels of her 2015 breakthrough debut album. It finds Prass tapping into deep, dancey grooves that glisten with '80s pop and '90s R&B, nestled alongside quivering, lushly orchestrated ballads."

As with her debut album, The Future and the Past was recorded in Richmond, VA with long-time friend and collaborator Matthew E. White at his Spacebomb Studios. 

Prass had this to say about the album in the previous press release: "The record was ready to go, and then the election happened. I was devastated. It made me question what it means to be a woman in America, whether any of the things I thought were getting better were actually improving, who I am and what I believe in. I knew I would be so upset with myself if I didn't take the opportunity to say some of the things that meant so much to me, so I decided to rewrite the record. I needed to make an album that was going to get me out of my funk, one that would hopefully lift other people out of theirs, too, because that's what music is all about."

Also read our 2015 Pleased to Meet You Spotlight interview with Prass and our separate 2015 print magazine article on Prass.

Natalie Prass Tour Dates: 

April 21 - Rotterdam, NL - Motel Mozaique Festival
April 22 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
April 23 - London, UK - Bush Hall
April 26 - Brighton, UK - Bau Wow
April 27 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
April 28 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
April 29 - Glasgow, UK - Mono
June 1 - New York, NY - Rough Trade
June 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
June 3 - Richmond, VA - Broadberry

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