Natalie Bouloudis & The Flamekeepers
‘A powerful, folk-inspired offering’ Gigslutz
‘A true vocal talent and one to mark down on your ‘must check out’ Listen With Monger
‘The smoky atmosphere that was conjured – as well as her intoxicating vocal
– simply blew us away’ Born Music
‘Dreamy sound and folky arrangement’ Turtle Tempo
‘The folk textures are matched to biting guitars, a disparate fusion of sounds that reflects
the tumultuous lyrics.’ Clash
‘Vintage noir that hums with life, purpose and poetry, it materializes from swirling, charcoal-colored
smoke, taking shape with a magical clarity.’ The Autumn Roses
‘Thoughts of both Anna Calvi and PJ Harvey immediately sprung to my mind. Natalie’s vocals
were rather rich/ smokey and they also resonated plenty of folk vibes. On my very first listen I was left
completely enchanted.’ Music is my radar
A native of East Sussex, London based singer-songwriter Natalie Bouloudis has a voice that be can't ignored: smokey, confident and bringing her own brand of indie folk noir atmospheric storytelling. Her music combines elements of folk, rock & jazz in its arrangements, but in terms of sheer vocal delivery she’s a soulful rock and roller, at times calling to mind the visceral & lurching tones of Patti Smith or Etta James.
She launch her music into the public sphere originally under the name Aurora Harbinger and soon played venues like The OId Blue Last, Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston and Green Note in Camden, quickly building a loyal fan base that enabled her to successfully crowd-fund her debut record. For Natalie, playing live is an important consideration in the songwriting process, a process which focuses centrally on generating atmosphere and intimacy. Her debut EP 'Dead Sea Scripts' was all
recorded live at Wax Studios in London and produced by Robert Strauss.
Natalie Bouloudis and her band ‘The Flamekeepers’ opened up for London Festival of Architecture in 2017 before Florence + The Machine. Their enchanting live performance has also been captured in in their recent 'Margo's Living Room' session filmed at Hermitage Studios, London earlier this year. Natalie also recently got back from a West Coast USA tour including playing dates in Seattle and Portland as well as performing a live session on the KMUN ‘Friday Folk’ radio show. She will be releasing new material
recorded with the whole band in spring 2019.
Dead Sea Scripts
Natalie Bouloudis’s debut EP is the perfect document of her humbling creative powers at this point in time. Harbouring her own distinct sound, Dead Sea Scripts channels her experiences and meditations into a deeply enchanting record. By turns evoking sixties’ girl band nostalgia with the concise hook-driven songwriting of ‘Firebird’ or entertaining her darker side with the Bad Seed blues of ‘Whirlwind’, Dead Sea Scripts is a panoramic soundscape, loaded with pearls from her mythic lyricism and imagination. Alongside debut single ‘Burning Pier’ are five unheard tracks, with each song merging magical imagery and folk musicality with Natalie’s fundamentally relatable sentiments. ‘Romantic Bullshit Blues’ and ‘Firebird’ see her analysing the emotional tempest of heartbreak with forensic detachedness, and on the record’s spellbinding bookends ‘Raging Forcestress’ and ‘Float’ she reveals the disarming beauty and versatility in her singing voice. Above all, Dead Sea Scripts is the sound of an
ambitious artist arriving fully formed and already at ease with her skills both musically and lyrically.