Macabre Americana Deliver Emotive New Single "Natural Disaster"
NYC-based folk outfit Macabre Americana are back with their third single this year. Following a string of socially-conscious releases and preceding many more to come, their newest single “Natural Disaster” tackles the stigma of being a woman in a world that often denies women’s intrinsic value.
“Natural Disaster” is an equal blend of poetry and narrative. Verse after careful verse, we’re privy to an unnamed character’s blustery unraveling — through no fault of her own. For just over four minutes, the members of Macabre Americana deliver a sparkling composition built on the buzzing wail of cello, tender plink of keys, and percussive shimmers that add another level of floating sweetness behind lead vocalist Laura Dadap’s own sugared pipes.
There’s nothing wild and foot-stomping about “Natural Disaster” despite its title. In a way, the song itself serves as its title’s antithesis or conclusion — rubble bouncing quietly along a fractured ground minutes after an earthquake shakes the world, icy fragments slipping from the surface after an avalanche comes crashing down, the deafening silence of afterwards. This is the beauty of “Natural Disaster.” It tells a gut-punch story as gently as it can, delivering pangs of pain with offerings of heart to patch up the fissures that bloom in our chest when we hear beyond the pretty folk arrangement to the narrative it tells.
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