A graduate of the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts, Natalie McCool is a singer/songwriter who has quickly developed a reputation for a sound that draws from a diverse array of influences including Jeff Buckley, The Stone Roses, Johnny Marr, Cocteau Twins, Elizabeth Fraser and others. And as a result, her previously released singles “Wind Blows Harder” and “Dig It Out” received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere, as they were praised by the likes of Clash, NME, Nylon, Pigeons and Planes, Indie Shuffle and The Sunday Times. And adding to a growing profile across the UK, McCool has performed with Boy George and Bernard Butler at Liverpool’s International Festival and went into the studio to record an EP which was produced by Outfit’s David Berger and is slated for release this year.
“PINS” is the first single from the forthcoming EP paris McCool’s icy vocals with equally icy arrangement of sparse, skittering beats and ethereal synths. In some way, the track reminds me of Grimes’ work but with a brutal honest about an apparently dysfunctional, fucked up relationship. Every time, I’ve heard it – and I’ve had to play it a number of times – I’m reminded of the messiness of romantic relationships and how a great deal of the time, you’re left wondering what happened and how that person brought out the very worst in you.