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Natali Felicia has dropped the best debut track we've heard so far this year

03 March 2015, 09:00 | Written by Paul Bridgewater

"I want to paint a somewhat melancholic and mysterious sound picture,” says Swedish newcomer Natali Felicia about her stunning debut track “Used To Be”.

"Still a world easy for someone to adapt to. A world providing the listener to start reflecting and finding its way into.”

The 20-year old first cut the demo for “Used To Be” three years ago when she met producer Andreas Grube. Taking time out to concentrate on her studies, she explains in typically Scandinavian fashion: “We had to let this project rest and grow in its silence."

Felicia found her way to music via a move to Stockholm in her mid teens, swopping a figure skating passion for a guitar. "Music was never my main subject in school, but quite fast I started to find myself entering different musical forums in Stockholm. I joined the school choir, then a gospel choir.”

When she began writing her own songs and playing them live at Stockholm open mic nights, things started to click. “Singing and music became a natural source of expression for me,” she says. "Depth, meaning with strong words yet with a sensitive touch is [a] tool in my writing. Things that get you to start thinking and reflecting. "

"Used To Be" sees Johannes Berglund (The Knife, Shout Out Louds, I Break Horses) on-board with mixing duties and drummer Mikael Häggström (Ane Brun, Jennie Abrahamsson and Jenny Wilson) on percussion. The song’s powerful swell “Do you remember how it used to be,” cuts both dramatically and poignantly as Felicia’s stunning vocal draws the melody together in a way thats commanding, heartbreaking and somewhat epic.

"A key word in our dialogue through the process of creating is filmic,” she explains. "I have always listened to music through a filmic world; visioning the music in scenes and pictures before me."

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