Photo by Jena Crumbo
The Natvral is the current project of Kip Berman, formerly of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The band's new single, "A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan," continues Berman's move away from his previous band's indie pop sound into a more roots based one. This new song isn't quite as folky as The Natvral's previous music, but is more of a roots based rock and roll. There's a little bit of Bob Dylan's ramble here, along with the vibe of some of Tom Petty's mid tempo songs. Maybe it's just because Berman is now New Jersey based, but I'm hearing some of Bruce Springsteen's sound that stops just shy of the arena rockers. After comparing this song to three classic rockers, I do feel the need to say "A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan" isn't rehashing an older rock sound. This is definitely a modern song that has roots based in the past.
Kip Berman says of the new song:
“‘A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan’ is about the allure and the limits of self-invention, and the ways we relate - or don’t - across oceans, language, and time."
You can watch the video for "A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan" below. The song is now available as a single via Prefect Records and is limited to two hundred forty copies on green vinyl. You can pre-order your copy here. For more on The Natvral, check out the artist's website.