BBC Introducing backed singer-songwriter Natty Paynter makes her dazzling debut with nostalgic new single ‘Hello, How Are You?’. Co-written and produced by Danny Hall (FJ Law, Ines Rae, lleo), the track is out on all streaming platforms on 9th September, accompanied by a touching video featuring her fans’ childhood photos. Watch it here.
With Danny’s electronically enhanced production laying the ground for Natty’s distinctively soothing vocals to take the spotlight, “Hello, How Are You?” is loaded with musical details that really amplify the sentiment of the song. From the delicate synths that mirror the innocence of maintaining a long distance friendship, to the dark harmonies backing up the lyrics “demons out to get me”, to the undeniably catchy chorus; the track showcases her captivating gift for telling poignant and vivid stories through her lyrics, and her willingness to bare all.
Speaking of the track, Natty says, “You know the feeling when you haven’t spoken to an old friend in so long, times have changed and you’ve both grown up? That’s what this song is about. It is a pop song with a happy nostalgic feel but if you delve deeper into the lyrics you understand that one of the friends is depressed. They make out like their life is great because they haven’t had a catch up in so long yet their friend sees right through it and wants them to know they are just a call away if they ever need to talk.”
Coming out as LGBTQ+ on social media and interacting with her fans through her YouTube covers while she was going through a journey of self-discovery has already gained Natty a dedicated online fan base. Dissecting her own experiences, as well as the experiences of others with impressive bravery and honesty has really resonated with her fan base, who now unconditionally follow her journey. Born and raised in Cardiff, Natty is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and cites artists such as Ed Sheeran and Alec Benjamin as her biggest influences.
Drawing from her combined influences, Natty thrives on being able to experiment with her music and the concepts and emotions she’s able to portray, totally owning her own brand of gutsy, bold indie-pop. ‘Hello, How Are You’ is the first of much more to come from this rising talent in 2021.