Natalie Prass Announces EP With Grimes, Anita Baker, Simon & Garfunkel Covers

Natalie Prass put out her great debut album at the beginning of the year, and she’s following that up with an EP called Side By Side, recorded at the same Spacebomb Studios as her first record. It features live versions of “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” and “Christy,” and, more interestingly, covers of Grimes (!), Anita Baker, and Simon & Garfunkel. Here’s Prass explaining her cover choices:

I chose “Caught Up in the Rapture” because it’s the perfect song and Anita Baker can really work a shoulder pad. I have crazy respect for her.”

“Sound of Silence.” I dig the S & G… not like most people do. I can put it on for like a few songs because the lyrics and soft singing are very soothing, but then I’ll have to put on James Brown Live at the Apollo just to balance it out. Carmen McRae’s psychedelic version of this song is brilliant. We did it her way. It’s got that balance. This kind of style of music comes very naturally to us Richmond music folk. This was a one take Jake.

“REALiTi” by Grimes. Four chords. Simple lyrics and melodies. I think the world of her. We worked this song out in the studio never having played it before and recorded it like 3 times through. I think it works although she’s probably going to say “what is this jazz shit” and hate it.

Sadly, none of the covers are out just yet, but based on her Slayer cover from earlier in the month, they’ll probably be great. You can hear the two live renditions via Pitchfork below.

01 “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” (Live)
02 “Caught Up In The Rapture” (Anita Baker Cover)
03 “Christy” (Live)
04 “The Sound Of Silence” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)
05 “REALiTi” (Grimes Cover)

Side By Side is out 11/20 via Startime International. Read our recent interview with Prass.