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Stream Natalie Walker "No One Else"

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Natalie Walker is one of the most intriguing new talents I have heard in a while. The 23 year old Philadelphia-based vocalist and songwriter has released her debut single "No One Else" in anticipation of her first album "Urban Angel" that is due out on August 22. While some bloggers are raving about the spunk of Lilly Allen and Uffie's dancefloor kicks, I much prefer the timeless melancholy of Natalie Walker on a gloomy day like today.

Walker wraps her distinct vocals around a mixture of soul, folk and electronica that invokes memories of artists like Portishead, Bjork, SIA and even Alison Krauss. Raised in a strict Christian family, Walker was not exposed to a lot of pop music during her teen years. Instead, she listened to gospel and folk music. But when she heard the progressive sounds of Portishead, it dramatically changed her musical scope. "I remember the first time I heard Portishead. I freaked out. I fell in love with Beth Gibbons' voice. It was strange and different. That was sort of the beginning of the down-tempo, trip-hop vibe for me," Walker says in her biography.

She explored trip hop and other electronic music when she formed the group Daughter Darling together with hip-hop producers Travis and Stephen Fogelman. They released the album "Sweet Shadows" independently in 2003. Her solo effort "Urban Angel" was produced by production team Stuhr and prominently features Walker's ethereal voice.

"No One Else" is available now as a digital single in all iTunes music stores worldwide. The track was remixed by The Amalgamation Of Soundz, 10Sui, !mposter, and The Vector Warrior. Many thanks to Walker for allowing me to exclusively stream "No One Else."

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June 13, 2006 in Audio Streams | Permalink

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Natalie is amazing and so underrated. I can't wait for this album!

Posted by: Jenn at Jun 13, 2006 11:09:50 AM

naw

Posted by: meganomi at Jun 13, 2006 1:57:06 PM

Great track. Curious to hear the entire album.

Posted by: Mark at Jun 13, 2006 2:14:01 PM

Okay Natalie! I want to put you on my blog too! Very pretty song.

Posted by: xolondon at Jun 13, 2006 5:00:49 PM

I loved this song! I ended up buying it on iTunes, & adding her on myspace. Can't wait to hear more from her. Thankyou for posting!

Posted by: Adam at Jun 16, 2006 7:13:13 AM