I write original songs as a means of expressing emotions and events that crop up in my day to day life and compose using my guitar. I have a natural leaning to a very melodic style and in my recordings like to incorporate harmonies and to involve the other instruments I play, which include the violin, musical saw and theremin.
My songs tend to be very honest in nature and are likely to reflect my relationships as a mother, daughter, sister and lover. I have written a great wealth of songs but up to now recorded just one album called 'What if'.
'What if' is my first solo album and is essentially about my quest to embrace the 'What ifs' in life and leaving them at times, as unanswered questions. Accepting that I can’t control all the things I would like to control is an ongoing (and sometimes painful!) personal process and one that rises up particularly in the close relationships around me. All my internal meanderings often result in great confusion, but sometimes also a moment of clarity. From these moments of confusion or clarity a song is born, sometimes pensive, sometimes angry and sometimes brimming with optimism, but all of them, I hope, are fueled and energised by a connection with myself and a stark honesty - be it conscious or unconscious!
‘What if’ documents the trials, tribulations and joys of being a woman, mother, sister, daughter and lover and features the musicians of Cocos Lovers who have all been part of my musical journey over the years.
Hannah Sainty from "Hannah's Umbrella":
With a voice like a siren of the sea, Natasha Rose Douglas brings us her debut folk album ‘What If.’ An exploration of love, family and the challenges and victories of life, this album is a beautiful yet powerful anthology for the quest for balance and happiness.
After 10 years on the music scene, as a founding member of the folk and roots band ‘Cocos
Lovers,’ this album is a natural progression for the Deal based songstress. A singer and songwriter who writes and composes from a place of truth and bravery, this is her first solo spin-off project.
The album kicks off on a high which has you feeling light and bright with the track ‘Sea of
Change,’ a song about love and the excitement of diving into a romantic intrigue. With seductive bass lines and ardent drum beats, ‘Lover Lover’ is also an ode to love as Natasha’s captivating voice kindles your hearts desires.
It’s not long before the pain and discomfort of heartbreak enters though, particularly in the heart hitting ‘Wasn’t Meant to Be.’ The song has a rockier feel to it, with guitar riffs that are almost palpable as we embark on this anthem of growing out of love against all your efforts.
The tide takes us up high again with a hypnotic ride through ‘Dreams,’ before landing in a string symphony of ‘Fan the Flame.’ A mix between a folk ballad and a Spanish serenade, violins carry the length of this track as the baroque-sounding guitar steals the show throughout the bridges. The melody compliments Natasha’s vocals as she sings, setting the scene and story in the mind's eye, one of tentative hope and reservations on the authenticity of romantic love.
The concept of love extends to family on this album to, with songs like ‘Brother’ and ‘Mother’
where Natasha uses an angelic call for answers and understanding, as her violin carols alongside her, in a marriage of voice and instrument.
‘Away from it all,’ is the second last track on this beautifully tumultuous album, where the pain and confusion of all the ‘What If’s of her life come to a climax and crescendo as she releases the boundaries and responsibilities on herself. The song is a call to her lover and herself, to the hope that trusting in the love of her partner and acceptance of the unknown will save her.
The final track rests upon the playful shoulders of ‘Monday Morning.' A catchy and cheeky ditty that has you smiling and tapping your feet as you hum along with the saw playing gently in the background. With island vibes, we find ourselves back on the shoreline as our journey comes to an end. A fun and lighthearted song that could be the prayer chant for any early morning risers who’s bed seems a more enticing place to be.
From beginning to end, this album of folklore storytelling rocks you and has you resting in a
blissed-out and reflective state. Perfect for sunny days driving down the coast, or sitting and
contemplating the world on a grey and sulky day, Natasha has created the perfect life-line album.
Sung with heavenly beauty and instrumentals by the talented Cocos Lovers members, this album is a stunning poetic piece that ignites curiosity and excitement for what is next in store for Natasha Rose Douglas and her solo journey.