Track of the Day

TRACK OF THE DAY: Natalie McCool – ‘Closure’

One of our favourite artists and voices in music today, is Liverpool’s Natalie McCool. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has spent the best part of the last decade crafting out her own unique space in the alt-pop landscape, impressing listeners time after time with each new release.

It was certain even in the early days that Natalie was destined for this line of work, when she won a national songwriting competition (judged by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, no less). Her much celebrated LP, The Great Unknown followed in 2016, gaining plaudits from The Sunday Times, Q Magazine and BBC Radio 1. She also scored a major sync recently with ‘Wondrous Place,’ which was featured in the trailer for the new HBO/Sky Atlantic thriller The Third Day, starring Jude Law, Naomie Harris and Paddy Considine, and produced by Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B. On the back of this run of success, and having recently wrapped up work on her forthcoming album, she marks her return with new single, ‘Closure.’

In her own words, she describes the track as follows: “Have you ever wanted to get over someone so much that you figuratively bury them? ‘Closure’ is the journey you take to finally slamming the door on that person. It’s a high energy middle finger to your once beloved. What I imagine people doing when they listen to this song is bouncing around singing the chorus at the top of their lungs – I wanted to create something that is anthemic but also full of humour. Because sometimes, crying and laughing are not so different from one another.”

This playful confidence is stamped all over the track, as huge, pounding drums make their mark alongside killer duel guitar and synth lines, that really make the track zip along with pace and energy. There’s a typical tightness to McCool’s sound, that of complete ownership of her own output, and like all great pop, she knows instinctively where to take the number in just over three minutes, not wasting a second, effortlessly inventive as she goes along.

Partly co-written by The Wombats’ Daniel Haggis, Natalie McCool’s new album lands with us later in 2020, and promises, as the press release puts it: “memories from both childhood and adulthood, weaving deeply intimate stories that channel life’s most vital thoughts and feelings like love, jealousy and loss into a skewed mixture of lilting yet gloriously catchy pop songs.”

We can’t wait.

‘Closure’ is out now – available to Stream/Purchase here.

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Callum Mitchell-Simon
Writer and presenter based in Manchester. Contributor to several music sites, and also on air every Monday @9pm on Salford City Radio, playing a host of new and unsigned acts.

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