Fremantle-based singer-songwriter, Natalie D-Napoleon, had a summer of touring planned.
Spending the summer at home in Western Australia wasn’t a bad Plan BNATALIE D-NAPOLEON
There was a tour of Tasmania, which included a performance at MONA, and a series of shows in Melbourne and Sydney. But unfortunately our resident virus had other ideas and when Western Australia hunkered down and closed its borders following COVID-19 outbreaks in both New South Wales and Victoria all those plans were regrettably put on hold.
“Spending the summer at home in Western Australia wasn’t a bad Plan B,” Natalie said of her sudden change in plans. “I thought ‘the weather is perfect and we’re in one of the most beautiful places in the world, we’re not going anywhere so why don’t we get creative?’”
And get creative she did. With the release of her next single – “You Wanted To Be The Shore But Instead You Were The Sea” – locked in for February, Natalie turned her thoughts to a video to accompany the song. The cover of the album – for which the song serves as a title track – was photographed at San Simeon on the Californian central coast and she felt the Western Australian coast was the perfect spot to replicate its dramatic feel.
When a last minute tour of the northwest came together – including a support for Carla Geneve – the coastline beckoned. Filmed in both Rockingham and Exmouth, not only did the album’s artwork serve as the perfect inspiration for the aesthetic of the “You Wanted to Be the Shore But Instead You Were the Sea” video, but the Western Australian coastline provided a poignant metaphor for the turbid relationship encapsulated within the song.
“When I lived in California the Pacific Ocean became a place of solace for me,” Natalie recalled. “The song was influenced by the many hours I spent gazing out across the Pacific and wondering how many miles of ocean lay between where I was living in California and my homeland of Australia. That feeling of distance, isolation, and loneliness echoed the emotional distance in the relationship explored in the song.”
Natalie upcoming performances include:
Folk Unlocked @ Folk Alliance International Virtual Conference – February 22-26
Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge WA – April 9-11
Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle WA – May 2