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Natalie Prass: The Future And The Past

Graeme Thomson, Uncut, July 2015

IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES, artists face big choices. To confront, deflect or ignore; to drill down into the darkness; or find alternative sources of light. Some outline their concerns with po-faced precision. Lyric sheets become manifestos, live shows lectures. There are slogans and slides. Natalie Prass, it seems reasonable to conclude after spending time with her second album, isn't inclined that way. Though she doesn't shy away from the various ailments afflicting the world in 2018, Prass takes her conclusions to the dancefloor, not the barricades, foregrounding the medium rather than the message. "Some of my favourite protest albums are funky as hell," she tells Uncut. "You're dancing, and then you think, 'Shit, they're singing about gentrification…'"

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