Natalie Roth is best known for her recent song Daddy, a powerful and in many ways very confronting song about family separation. Roth is unusual in the modern music scene, a singer/songwriter who takes on a rather respectable range of different forms of music and musical ideas.
It’s nice to knowsomebody isn’t slavishly following the patterns of instantly forgettable pop with which the world is currently inflicted. Her music really is quite different, and if it does have obvious roots in Israeli music and country/pop, that doesn’t seem to have stopped Roth from taking on some pretty difficult subject matter in her songs.
In many ways it’s reassuring to know that at least somenew music artistsknow how to use Indie music as a creative vehicle. Roth has a habit of producing very good videos across a bandwidth of quite difficult song subjects. Imagine Kate Bush doing country/popand Emo, and you’ll get the general idea. Different? Very.
Roth’s other quite legitimate claim to fame is a very interesting approach to Emo music. Her song I Wish You Were Here seems to be a perfectly normal pop song – Until you get into the message. It’s a catchy, rather sad little song. The point is that not many people would even begin to have a clue how to write and produce a song like this.
Pop music is a very strange thing. It’s not really easy to write a good pop song, particularly a good pop song that someone actually remembers. One-hit wonders come and go, but it’s the singer/songwriters who deliver the really unforgettable generational music. This is the sort of personal, private music that stays with you if you like it, and always has an impact when you hear it.
For more information about this quite unusual artist, see her website here at http://natalieroth.net/. A word of advice – Check out these videos and allow yourself a little time to see what is actually being done with the production. It’s quite a fascinating experience. Be prepared, however, for some genuine 100% Emo music. If you like this type of music, you’ll love this selection of songs.