Hear Natalie Prass’ new album now on NPR First Listen

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Richmond-based singer-songwriter Natalie Prass has returned with her sophomore album, The Future and The Past, available to steam now through NPR’s First Listen series.

Prass kicks off her latest effort with a funk-soaked banger in the form of “Oh My.” Lyrically, she weaves sociopolitical verses throughout the track, opening with “I can’t believe the things I hear / What is truth and what is fear.” Second track and lead single “Short Court Style” is the Juno-bass thumping, XPN-fave we’re all familiar with. Prass closed her NonCOMM set with the track, a fan favorite from the night.

Following her debut, Prass assembled an entire album’s worth of material to follow up her 2015 self-titled breakout. After the result of the 2016 presidential election, however, Prass scrapped the material and channeled these new feelings into The Future and The Past. Had Prass released that collection, we may not have heard this collection of songs as they appear today.

Natalie Prass was recently announced as an addition to the XPoNential Music Festival this summer. For a preview of her festival appearance, revisit Prass and company’s NonCOMM performance from earlier this month, or swing by Fishtown next Saturday, June 2 where she’ll celebrate the album’s release at Johnny Brenda’s. For info and tix to that show, head over to XPN’s concert calendar. Visit xpnfest.org for information on the fest and to purchase weekend passes.

Listen to the entire album here, thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen series, and you can purchase the album here through ATO Records.

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