Natalie Schlabs

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Breaking a bit from her country roots, Natalie Schlabs’ new album Don’t Look Too Close (set for release October 16, 2020) steps into indie territory with a compelling mix of instrumentation laced with solo vocals that bloom into easy, delicate harmonies.
Co-produced by Juan Solorzano and Zachary Dyke, the album swells and ebbs with elegant, absorbing shapes. The songs are moody, candid, and tender, each featuring Schlabs’ characteristically sleek vocals front-and-center, backed by charming instrumental moments that add form and depth to the melodies. Largely written while pregnant with her first child, the album naturally focuses on tensions between past and present. “I was thinking about how to raise a child, how to pass down values. There’s a dismantling of what I thought I knew. What do I value in my life and where did those things come from? What do I want to share with my children and what do I want to spare them from?”
The tracks on Don’t Look Too Close traverse the spectrum of feelings that tend to coincide with love, from bittersweet consideration to the haunting gentleness of “Ophelia,” written for a friend who lost her daughter, while the album's title track addresses the everyday aches and pains people tend to hide from loved ones. As a whole, Don't Look Too Close represents a place, a time, and a pocket of feelings that are as distinctly human as they are beautiful.

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