Natalie Holmes I stumbled across a few years ago, and she’s come on leaps and bounds since then. My collection is graced with her first EP, ‘The Simplest Things’ and is soon to be joined by her second one ‘Child’ (it’s so new that currently it’s only available on iTunes, so I’m waiting for the physical copies to be available on her Bandcamp page).
Her songwriting is very real and honest, and I think the real beauty in her work comes from its simplicity. The sound on ‘The Simplest Things’ is very much acoustic, with guitar and piano forming the majority of the accompaniments. The lead vocals are stunning; she negociates her range impressively with a lovely, gentle tone as she reaches the highest notes. Each song is complimented well by the backing vocals, my favourite moments being in ‘Backwards’ during the final choruses.
Of course, I can’t introduce Natalie without mentioning her YouTube channel. She’s clocked up over 1,000,000 views and it’s not hard to see why. Both her covers and originals are always a pleasure to listen to, and her very genuine personality shines through in her videos. I love the fact that she covers a lot of other YouTube artists too, and doesn’t just pick a song because of its popularity at the time.