Natalie Shay is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter from North London, England. Not too long ago, she released a wonderful synth-pop tune, entitled, “Not the Girl”.
Natalie Shay – “Not the Girl” single
“This song was written on reflection of a relationship, but more from a perception of understanding rather than a big ‘f*ck you’.” – Natalie Shay
‘Not the Girl’ finds Natalie Shay narrating the challenges of modern dating through a playful lens. Years after finishing the song, Shay realized that the lyrics took on a whole new meaning. Now, the song depicts the feeling of sometimes not feeling good enough and frustrations towards working relationships.
‘Not the Girl’ contains a relatable storyline, ear-welcoming vocals, and catchy melodies. Also, the sing-along tune possesses guitar-driven instrumentation scented with an ‘80s indie-pop/rock aroma.
“I love authentic ‘80s synth and drum sounds. Also, I also love modern pop vocal lines and effects, and of course lots of guitars. I try to include a flavor of each of those things in my music. It was very important to me that all of the songs had their own unique stamp and vibe but still all fitted and worked together under the same project.” – Natalie Shay
So far, Natalie Shay has collectively amassed hundreds of thousands of streams. Also, her music has been placed in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in ten countries. With each viral-worthy release, she continues to establish herself as one of the U.K.’s hottest emerging talents. Furthermore, Shay’s music fits somewhere in the same sonic ballpark as songs created by Haim, Little Comets, and Fickle Friends.
‘Not the Girl’ will be featured on her upcoming EP, entitled, Naked”, set to be released on April 17, 2020. The five-track project will examine the everyday experiences of a 21-year-old, detailing Shay’s relationships and life as a young musician.
‘Owe It To You’ shows a more heartfelt side of Shay’s songwriting, emitting a raw and truly personal essence. Thematically, the single is about being in a relationship and struggling to resist temptation.
The title track, “Naked”, shares the topic with “Owe It to You”, illustrating the breakdown in a relationship, knowing you have interest elsewhere but struggling to let go for the fear of being alone. The single sees Shay’s first time including brass instruments in her music, bringing the song to life through a vibrant saxophone solo.