Natalie McCool is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has picked up a steadily growing support base of fans and critics alike with her truly innovative and beautiful take on pop music. ‘The Great Unknown’ is the follow up to 2013’s eponymously titled debut and was recorded and produced with Dave Berger from Outfit at Schall Und Wahn in Liverpool. Out now on iTunes & Spotify the album also features additional production and mixes on singles by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Clean Cut Kid, Cabbage) and is without doubt McCool’s finest and most accomplished set of songs to date.

Natalie first worked with us on the fist Beth Orton residency in 2015 and has since gone on to facilitate Sing City, our weekly sessions for young musicians. This May half term she will be leading a brand new Both Sides Now residency for young female musicians. Find out more…


Natalie McCool’s Spotify Playlist

“This is an all female playlist of tracks I absolutely love!”

Overcome — Laura Mvula

Powerful, epic track with an acapella intro. However my favourite part is the outro which completely transforms and cracks the song wide open.

Body — Before Breakfast

This is an incredibly fragile and beautiful song from Sheffield based all female neo-classical outfit – fantastic arrangements.

Don’t Delete The Kisses — Wolf Alice

Beautiful haunting spoken word track about love, confidence and loss.

Beautiful Feeling — PJ Harvey

Intense, gorgeous song about wanderlust & self discovery.

Bird Eyes — Nuria Graham

Spanish singer / songwriter / guitarist making jazz inflected indie pop. Love the delay guitar and choppy rhythms in this.

Angel Mom — Jesca Hoop

A song about a dream – absolutely stunning in every way. So personal & poignant.

Man Upon The Hill — Stars & Rabbit

Indonesian folk duo in a similar vein to Joanna Newsom. Her voice is so arresting and I love the outro.

The Bird — Kathryn Joseph

Scottish folk artist with a commanding voice. This track is so dark and forlorn but at the same time quite biting. Love it.

Love Drive Through — Law Holt

Young Fathers collaborator Lauren Holt is described as a mix of Kelis and Massive Attack. I love her production & style; I think she’s a huge new talent.

Armenia — Joan Thiele

Fast paced Italian pop in a similar style to HAIM. This appeals to my pop sensibilities as it’s very quirky and skewed but so so catchy.