Natalie Prass performs in The Current studio

Watch Natalie Prass and her band perform an excellent version of her song "Short Court Style" recorded during her session at The Current. (MPR Video / Nate Ryan / Minju Kim)
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  • Natalie Prass - The Fire (Live at The Current) 03:19
  • Natalie Prass - Lost (Live at The Current) 03:02
  • Natalie Prass - Short Court Style (Live at The Current) 03:46

One of Natalie Prass's favorite activities is reorganizing her apartment. Located in Richmond, Va., it's a neat space furnished with time-honored items. Perhaps because she's so often away from home, she likes to spend her downtime changing up the space.

It's not just her apartment that takes on different forms; Prass's sound has shifted since her 2015 self-titled debut. Piano and jazzy percussion still take center stage, but The Future and the Past is noticeably less afraid to clap back.

That's partly because the 2016 presidential election prodded Prass to change up her second project. She had a batch of songs ready for the album but replaced several after November, writing "Sisters" and "Ship Go Down" in response to the votes her city and country cast. In album opener "Oh My," she sings, "I can't believe the things I hear/ Oh, what is truth and what is fear?/ Oh, what is lying to a cheat?/ And what is freedom for the free?"

Between performances of "The Fire," "Lost," and "Short Court Style," Prass and Mark Wheat talk about these and more topics, such as music videos, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Prass's collaborations with Matthew E. White. Use the audio player above to enjoy the whole session or individual songs.

Band Members

Natalie Prass - vocals/piano
Alan Parker - guitar
Eric Slick - drums
Dominic Angelella - bass
Jacob Ungerleider - piano/keys

Songs Performed

"The Fire"
"Lost"
"Short Court Style"

All songs from Natalie Prass's 2018 album The Future and the Past, available via ATO Records.

Hosted by Mark Wheat
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark and Brandon Smith
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Cecilia Johnson

External Links

Natalie Prass - official site

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  • Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio
    Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Alan Parker plays guitar for Natalie Prass at The Current
    Alan Parker plays guitar for Natalie Prass at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Natalie Prass performs in The Current's studio
    Natalie Prass performs in The Current's studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Dominic Angelella plays bass for Natalie Prass at The Current
    Dominic Angelella plays bass for Natalie Prass at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio
    Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jacob Ungerleider plays piano for Natalie Prass at The Current
    Jacob Ungerleider plays piano for Natalie Prass at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Eric Slick plays drums for Natalie Prass at The Current
    Eric Slick plays drums for Natalie Prass at The Current (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio
    Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio
    Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio
    Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio
    Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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