Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Natalie Prass

Sasquatch, Live Reviews
Jacob Webb
photos by Brittany Bollay

Although there was plenty of star power on the final day of Sasquatch, there was a clear standout during the early afternoon on Monday, and it wasn't just because brought a Godzilla figurine onstage with her. When an assured Natalie Prass opened with an electric version of "Bird Of Prey", it was clear that even without the backing of the full Spacebomb Orchestra (the horns and strings that add shimmering depth to the songs on her fantastic debut album), Prass's songs still hold as much charm, if not more, in the summer sun as they did upon their January release. As haunting as some of the performances sound on record, refrains like "you don't give me no choice but to walk away" and "our love is a long goodbye" serve as not-so-subtle hooks in a live setting. Exchanging the album's eloquent grace for spunky charisma, Prass and her backing band effortlessly rolled through her debut album (and a smooth cover of Janet Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place") and even though they had a surprise guest join them – Ryan Adams showed up to play guitar on "Your Fool", cueing a flock of photographers to sprint over to capture one of the weekend's most talked-about moments – the audience's size remained the same after Adams departed. So yeah, it helped that Prass got the assist from a songwriting legend, a crack backing band, and the King of the Monsters, but having a set of instantly-memorable songs and a clear-as-a-bell voice to sing them? That's why Prass was Monday's – and maybe the whole weekend's – sleeper hit.

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