"Wonderful polka-dot pop that would sound as good in our smart phone as it would playing from your nan's vintage transistor." - BBC Introducing.
Tom Robinson BBC Introducing - On my ipod -
Natalie Ross – At Least I Know Where My Shoes Are (Studio version)
Natalie Ross channels the harmonies of artists like The Andrews Sisters through 21st century pop sensibilities. I love her stark, vulnerable songs like this one best.
Quote by Tom Robinson BBC 6 music/ Introducing - February 2011.
"The splendidly eccentric Natalie Ross channels the 1940's/50's harmonies of artists like Doris Day and The Andrews Sisters through 21st Century pop sensibilities. Her bubbly dizzy-blonde stage persona belies a mastery of modern looping technology - and a grasp of the killer hook that sooner or later is bound to deliver a monster hit. In more vulnerable moments on record she's also written some of the most emotionally literate songs I've heard in the past five years."
Quote by Phil Jackson BBC Introducing 'The South'
"Wonderful polka-dot pop that would sound as good in your smart phone as it would playing from your Nan's Vintage transistor."
BBC 6 Music - Tom Robinson’s “Five Standout Tracks” with At Least I Know Where My Shoes Are.
“Proof that great songwriting and a convincing vocal are all you need for sledgehammer emotional impact. Humour, pathos and sparse understated production make this a killer track."
Natalie's debut download single 'Me and Delilah' was aired by Tom Robinson at BBC 6 music
'Me and Delilah was a real find for us really early on when we first launched the show. It's an extraordinary piece of music...'
Natalie was featured in
Marie Claire magazine as
a 'Vintage Devotee'. The article includes an interview centred around Natalie's love and devotion to 1940's fashion and talks about the influence its had on her music. It also mentions her dressmaking, her website and EP.
Live review by The musical melting pot
Classy, elegant, stylish and slick are all suitable words with which one can describe Natalie Ross’s live solo show – but this full-band set was special. I’d not seen Ross perform with a band before, and it was, frankly, brilliant. Each instrumentalist was obviously well-versed in the vocabulary of tasteful musicianship and more than aware of the need to serve, rather than overpower, the song – and Natalie Ross is, to say the least, an incredible songwriter. Tunes like Holes in My Tights and Walking Through the Streets of Our Love are songs that I already think of as classics, even if I can’t relate to the former song’s main hook, and when delivered with a distinct jazz-club vibe and peppered with Ross’s distinctive employment of digital vocal effects (which enhance, rather than facilitate, a pitch-perfect voice) they become something else entirely. A unique juxtaposition of old and new, synthetic and organic, and physical and digital that I’ve yet to see equalled, Natalie Ross’s music is the way people should be: deep, interesting, and capable of functioning with or without digital gadgets.Review of my gig at The Boileroom last thursday by thisisourtownguildfordNatalie Ross (as pictured below) looks, sings and practically breathes vintage- she also makes dresses, a multitalented woman! She is a unique act, pouring fun into the audience with every song. With a vintage aesthetic, combined with a folk style set up, she seems to create her own genre altogether and her originality is a breath of fresh air. She has fantastic vocal abilities and excellent skills on the guitar, so much so that she is talented enough to be on stage alone, but combining her talents with her band makes it all the sweeter. Her great personality also shone through on the night as she offered her EP in exchange for either £5 or a hug.She had the audience mesmerized as she sang original songs, with the innocence of ‘Feels Just Like I’m 17 Again’ particularly standing out. But the highlight was a fantastic cover of ‘Teenage Kicks’. The quirks and tricks of Natalie’s voice, teamed with a unique take on the song made it really memorable. Check out Natalie’s fantastic sound on her website HERE or our exclusive interview with her from last year if you want to learn more about what makes her tick.Review of my gig at the Boileroom in Guildford, Friday 31st January 2014 - By themusicalmeltingpot.com'When it comes to trendy topics, it can often be difficult to tell whether or not a fan of beards, geeky glasses, or vintage lifestyle accessories is into whatever-it-is because it fits some deeply-treasured part of their personalities, or just because it’s the latest cool thing. One of the easiest ways to tell the difference is to ask this question: Does the person in question lavishly copy the trendy image down to the last detail, or do they go deeper and really make it their own? When it comes to Natalie Ross, we’re definitely looking at the latter. Her songs are impressively catchy, full of Forties and Fifties-style vocal harmonies and the liberal use of digital effects (loops and harmonisation), that last addition providing the crucial creative flair necessary to push the envelope and differentiate Ross from other acts going the cool-and-quirky route. Image-wise, Natalie Ross has it sorted – not a hair out of place, every inch the quantum-leaping postwar pin-up – and her stage presence is, well, more than merely present. Charmingly tongue-in-cheek commentary peppered the set (and occasionally songs), along with plenty of confident crowd banter – all adding up to an act that drew more and more audience members in as it progressed. Next time there’ll surely be more people turning up early to see Natalie Ross play. '
Live review at The Boileroom by Daniel Watson
The venue was pretty much packed out now, and the atmosphere was incredible! Natalie Ross made her way to the stage, and kept the fun times rolling with her quirky vintage flavoured pop. Going by her songs and image her influences include the golden oldies, but I found the orchestration and vocal harmonies in her songs really reminded me of Bjork, which I doubt Natalie consciously aimed for, but it really worked and gave her music that little bit of something different.
Live review by themusicalmeltingpot.com
Natalie Ross - When it comes to trendy topics, it can often be difficult to tell whether or not a fan of beards, geeky glasses, or vintage lifestyle accessories is into whatever-it-is because it fits some deeply-treasured part of their personalities, or just because it’s the latest cool thing. One of the easiest ways to tell the difference is to ask this question: Does the person in question slavishly copy the trendy image down to the last detail, or do they go deeper and really make it their own?
When it comes to Natalie Ross, we’re definitely looking at the latter. Her songs are impressively catchy, full of Forties and Fifties-style vocal harmonies and the liberal use of digital effects (loops and harmonisation), that last addition providing the crucial creative flair necessary to push the envelope and differentiate Ross from other acts going the cool-and-quirky route. Image-wise, Natalie Ross has it sorted – not a hair out of place, every inch the quantum-leaping postwar pin-up – and her stage presence is, well, more than merely present. Charmingly tongue-in-cheek commentary peppered the set (and occasionally songs), along with plenty of confident crowd banter – all adding up to an act that drew more and more audience members in as it progressed. Next time there’ll surely be more people turning up early to see Natalie Ross play.
Dita Von Tease about 'You've got that feeling' single
'I love it! It's a very catchy song, and you sound great live! Thank you for sending! I wish you all the best in your endeavors, keep up the great work!!! Dita x'
Quote about Natalie's music by Alex Baker - KERRANG UNSIGNED FM
Imagine you're a woman and your locked up in an all female prison, life sucks, apart from the fact that each day in the jailyard there's this beautiful ice-blonde maiden in the corner tapping her foot and quietly singin'-a-toon...she sounds sad, but somehow life seems perfect again...put Natalie Ross's CD on and this is how you'll feel. It's music that is blues laden, woeful, tender but somehow full of power. Excellent.
Alex Baker - KERRANG UNSIGNED FM
'You only need to glance at the be-sequinned, posing Ross on the cover of ‘Shock to the System’ to tell she is not afraid of creating a spectacle. And this quality comes through wonderfully in this single where she puts herself right on the line, crisply enunciating every word and expertly weaving the instrumentation together for maximum theatrical effect. Whereas vocally some of her earlier work sounded similar to Polly Harvey or Michelle Shocked, with ‘Shock to the System’ she seems to have comfortably found her own sound.'
'From her appearance it would be easy not to take Natalie Ross seriously; looking like a cross between Christina Aguilera (during her Candyman phase), all finger-waved hair, spangled frocks and false eyelashes. But don’t be fooled, for Ross has talents to back-up the superficial glamour. Her first single, Me and Delilah (left), was a favourite of bbc6 music and now the one-woman band that is Ross has released her latest single, Shock to the System, which is a highly listenable and perilously addictive critique to all self-centred shallow folk in need of a good kick up the arse. Here Ross’s unusual quirky, yet pleasant, vocals float across an unaffected blues beat, as she purrs out sweetly dark and comfortingly funny lyrics (she even gets away with the clichéd line “you change your friends like you change your clothes” ). With a penchant for handing out her badges at each concert, and with catchy songs like Shock to the System, many should soon be wearing her pins with pride. Watch out for the album.'
The Beat Surrender Review of Natalie Ross - Trains Go Cha Cha EP
Natalie Ross is a young, talented singer-songwriter from Guildford who has very kindly sent me her Trains Go Cha Cha EP to review. On the EP are previous single Me And Delilah along with the current single Secret Lemonade Drinker. While both of these are clearly stand out tracks on here, there are other delights to be found in the form of Clean Cut with it’s emotional feel and the stripped back sound of At Least I Know Where My Shoes Are. Shipwrecked and Will I Be The Same ?show the depth of her song writing without having the same impact, she’s at her best on the previously mentioned tracks that as a reference point come over as a chirpier PJ Harvey mixed with a downbeat-lo-fi KT Tunstall.
Review of Trains go Cha Cha by Andrew Reilly from Roomthirteen.com
The music and vocals on ‘Me and Delilah’ don’t seem to fit at first but there is something that keeps you coming back for more. The music is more akin to gravely throated singers telling of times they were wrongly imprisoned or how they are going to avenge being wronged by a woman. It is therefore somewhat of a shock to be taken to a different and slightly kooky world by Natalie Ross. ‘At Least I Know Where My Shoes Are’ veers off in a different direction from the opening songs and showcases more depth from what appears to be the very talented Miss Ross. It’s a far more plaintive track with finger picking styles and shows a more vulnerable side to the singer. Then again, like most girls she remains a focus of what is important and emphasises the importance of footwear. This appears to be a mini-collection of her work so far and it should serve as a useful introduction to the artist. The deeper you go into the collection the more you learn and more you learn to like about Natalie Ross. That said, ‘Secret Lemonade Drinker’ never impressed this writer, who is far more of a prominent alcohol drinker but that’s one just track and the rest were great. And lets face it, this track is going to appease many folk along the way. It is a solid body of work and hints at more talent to come. The double tracked vocals works well throughout the collection and if some moments leave you puzzled, there will be something better along very shortly. Unlike the trains which rarely go cha cha these days.
Natalie Ross - 3rd Download Single release review - Secret Lemonade Drinker
'Secret Lemonade Drinker' is one of them there newfangled download type things that seem to be all the rage nowadays. And, via that there electronic gadgetry and all them mousey clicky things, Natalie Ross is making this quirky track available for your consumption and edification. So, if you're that way inclined I suggest you go downloading and get it put in your computer or wherever it goes! Did I just write 'quirky'? I think I did!! Quite right too! Natalie Ross actually sells herself as 'quirky alternative acoustic pop' and I have to say I can't disagree with her coz 'Secret Lemonade Drinker' is just sufficiently left of normal to be designated 'strangely strange but oddly normal'. Now that's just fine - in fact, I actually love it - it's nicely different, it's slightly challenging and it's charmingly adventurous! Ross actually reminds me of 4 Non Blondes with a hint of Alanis Morissette; there's a vibrant, dusky and slightly barmy element of the former sitting juxtaposed to the serious, poignant element of the latter - with an underlying hint of the blues the mix is gritty, elegant and seriously interesting! Natalie Ross sounds like a real fun person; she sounds like someone who doesn't take herself too seriously but hopes that people take to her imaginative and creative style. Certainly Ross seems to be going down a somewhat tangential road with her music - she aint yer normal acoustic songstress - Ross is a bit of an urban poet and isn't afraid to say as she finds. Hence the humour or should I say quirky side to her poetic ramblings! Natalie Ross has impressed me with her slightly off-kilter acoustic way. She writes extremely well, she plays with knowing sensitivity and she sings with a certain cute but ballsy attitude. 'Secret Lemonade Drinker' by Natalie Ross makes a pleasant change from all the self-important and often too deeply meaningful acoustic stuff out there. I bet Natalie Ross really communicates and 'clicks' with her audience and is a real hoot in the live scenario. I really hope she can take her light-hearted acoustic wares to the next level. Quirky works just fine for me - but seriously, Natalie Ross is bloody good and Natalie Ross deservers to be heard - and enjoyed! - Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (www.toxicpete.co.uk)
Trains Go Cha Cha EP review.
'Inspiring, entrancing and well worth a fiver!' Ivan Chandler (Director of Musicalities Publishing.)