Natalie Imbruglia has announced her forthcoming new album, Firebird, set for release on September 24 via BMG. Alongside the announcement, Natalie has shared the first single taken from the album, the instantly catchy ‘Build It Better’, accompanied by the single’s official video (out tonight here) bringing a touch of La La Land to Nell’s Cafe.
New album Firebird was written in an array of international locations alongside Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, KT Tunstall, Eg White (Adele, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith), Luke Fitton (Little Mix, Girls Aloud), Fiona Bevan (One Direction, Ed Sheeran), Rachel Furner (Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Craig David) and more, touching on themes of independence, vulnerability, the juxtaposition of strength and fragility, revealing Natalie’s newfound sense of confidence.
In contrast, the album was almost entirely recorded in lockdown, produced remotely by Natalie and My Riot with additional production from Albert Hammond Jr, Gus Oberg (The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jnr) and Romeo Stodart (Magic Numbers).
Discussing the album, Natalie says
“Making this album has been such a profound and satisfying experience. Having gone through a long period of what essentially was writer’s block, it was sometimes hard to envisage getting to this place. Before the pandemic, I started the process of writing this album in London and soon after, I headed to Nashville. With each session and new collaborator, I started to gain confidence, find my voice again, and craft the sound and style that felt authentic to me. It’s been such a privilege to work with such an array of talent on Firebird. I just can’t wait for people to finally hear it.”
New single ‘Build It Better’ is the first to be lifted from the forthcoming Firebird. Though unintentional, it could be about a world recovering from a pandemic.
Natalie describes the single as “surrendering to the chaos and seeing what’s on the other side of it is a good life lesson. Letting something fall apart, and being okay with that, is something that I have had to do in my life, numerous times, but especially moving into this record and becoming a mum. So, I’m really excited about that song, and about the video, which is total escapist fun - the world needs that right now.”
Listen to the new track "Build it Better" Here:
Firebird will be available on CD (Standard & Deluxe) limited signed CD (Standard & Deluxe), limited blue Vinyl and Digitally via BMG on September 24.
About Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia was propelled into the limelight in the nineties, kicking off her career in music with the chart-topping ‘Torn’, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart, #1 airplay around the world and #1 on the Billboard Airplay chart for 14 weeks, with more than a million copies sold in the UK alone. The single was taken from her subsequent 1997 album Left Of The Middle which went on to sell over 7 million copies worldwide. Natalie went on to release studio albums White Lilies Island in 2001, Counting Down The Days in 2005 which charted at #1 in the UK Albums Charts, and Come To Life in 2009, before releasing an album of covers entitled Male in 2014. Natalie has accumulated sales of over 10 million albums and 1 billion streams, 5 x UK Top 10 singles, 10 x UK Top 40 singles, 1 x UK #1 album, 3 x UK Top 10 albums, 2 x BRIT Awards, 8 x ARIA Awards, 3 x MTV Music Awards, 1 Billboard Music Award, 3 x Grammy Award nominations and more.
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