Natalie McCool unveils video for Fortress
Seriously, go watch Natalie McCool's new video for her latest track, 'Fortress'. What are you waiting for?
The singer has revealed a string of tour dates starting this month and running on and off until a full UK tour in September there appears to be nary a city unvisited by the TDF fave. This is the perfect opportunity to catch a live show by one of the country's most talented young singer-songwriters so don't hesitate to go along.
Having risen through the ranks of the UK indie world, championed by pop stars and indie icons and collaborated with Suede legend Bernard Butler on her stunning 2013 self-titled album, the inimitable Natalie McCool has announced a full band tour this Autumn.
McCool’s breed of slick alternative pop has won acclaim from tastemakers including The Sunday Times, Q, Clash, Line of Best Fit and the 405, as well as Huw Stephens and Alice Levine, while BBC Introducing described the edgy artist as “one of the finest emerging songwriters around”.
The singer-songwriter’s brilliant debut was built on a foundation of deliciously dark, gloomy indie-pop, but ‘Fortress’ is an awakening – emerging from the shadows and rising victoriously. Produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Clean Cut Kit, VITAMIN), ‘Fortress’ swells and shimmers, culminating in a jubilant cascading crescendo, McCool’s rich, rousing lead vocals soaring across an epic backdrop.
Alongside playing more established venues (detailed below), Natalie has recruited fans from her facebook page for her bedroom tour - envisioned to reflect the themes of the new single with Natalie intending to 'build a fortress with fans.' As she explains;
"For the release of Fortress I really wanted to do something that would embody the song and the message of the song. "Let's build a fortress" is the strongest line for me and I decided to take this out to fans, to put together a very intimate set of gigs where instead of being on a stage in a venue which can sometimes be quite formal and indirect. I really wanted to be able to see everyone in the audience and be literally at arms length from people who connect through music, to be able to fully engage and have them involved as part of the whole set. The phrase "let's build a fortress" being everyone in the room altogether, not just watching the show but being a part of the whole process, a real community feeling"
At each show Natalie will record her audience singing along to the track and then compile the vocals as a 'Fortress of fans' on a collated version of the track, resulting in a huge crescendo of voices, with every fan appearing on the final version. The official UK tour is detailed below alongside the bedroom dates.
April 16 - Fortress House show Liverpool
April 23 - Fortress House show - Liverpool
30 April – Live at Leeds Festival, Leeds
1 May – Smithdown Road Festival, Liverpool
May 7 - Fortress House show - Manchester
May 10 - Fortress House Show - Sheffield
May 12 - Fortress House Show - Manchester
May 13 - Fortress Garden - Liverpool
May 18 - Fortress House Show - Salisbury
May 19 - Fortress House Show - Leicester
May 28 - Fortress House Show – Liverpool
July 3 - Fortress House Show - Isle of Man
1 April – Threshold Festival, Liverpool
9 June – Clapham Grand, London (Charity show with Soak, Hudson Taylor, Black Honey)
24 July – LIMF Festival, Liverpool (Main Stage, mid-afternoon)
13 September – The Gallimaufry, Bristol
14 September – The Moon Club, Cardiff
15 September – Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
17 September – The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
18 September – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
19 September – Think Tank, Newcastle
21 September – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
22 September – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
23 September – Fallow Café, Manchester
24 September – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
26 September – Portland Arms, Cambridge
27 September – The Cookie, Leicester
28 September – The Waiting Room, London
29 September – Green Door Store, Brighton
1 October – Buyers’ Club, Liverpool