New York City’s Camera2 brings a dark and catchy atmosphere to their new track, “Natalie”, which lingers with mystery and melody alike.
In the early pandemic, Camera2 frontman Andy Chase lost his friend and frequent collaborator Adam Schlesinger, and “Natalie” is the first song released since. As though Schlesinger’s presence remains in the art, “Natalie” is heavy in mood and tone, but brilliant in composition.
The song opens with hushed, effected vocals. The instrumentation is smooth, a piano plunks heavily along. There is an edge to this love song, and it’s not just the sense of restraint ever-bubbling below the surface.
The accompanying music video hones this darkness and beauty. A boy rides his bike in a forest and the image is beatific until the unease sets in. Later, we see him towing people through the lush Pennsylvania countryside towards a girl who matches him in angelic presence. As the clip plays out, we learn that every sense of foreboding was right. There is more than what meets the eye.