The sleepy acoustic sounds from The Starry Field were the perfect support for Nat Dunn at the intimate Black Bear Lodge. It is Mark Myers‘ (formerly of The Middle East) solo project, and I found it quite similar to their stuff, just without the full band. It was relaxing, and he was a pleasure to watch and listen to, however the excitable crowd were obviously there for one reason only, and hardly paying attention.
Brisbane local Nat Dunn has an amazingly powerful jazzy soul sort of voice that carries a lot of emotion. This sold out show was to launch her debut EP titled A Fool’s Fate, and judging by the crowd, she has a lot of support because it seemed as though this EP was a long time coming. Some of you may remember Nat from a song she did with Urthboy in 2009 called ‘Ready to go’.
The first few songs, Trigger and Fool’s Fate got the crowd suitably warmed up, and she continued to perform with the band Good Oak (one of whom was her boyfriend) for a few more tracks and then moved on to some slower solo tracks. I could tell from the lyrics that all her songs had some personal significance and that really came across in her performance. Aside from a few nerves, I think she connected with the audience well – joking around with her mum and friends in the audience made the show even more intimate.
There was one song, ‘Mango Tree’, a slower, more bluesy style track, that really pulled at heartstrings, and I liked it. I wouldn’t normally go to a gig like this based on the video’s or Nat’s bio, but she really surprised me, and reminded me of how much I really do love that old-style blues/soul genre. My favourite part of her set however, was when she covered an N.E.R.D song, the crowd went wild, it was such a cool vibe!
The title track ‘A Fool’s Fate’ is an emotionally charged ballad with a catchy chorus. It seems as though Nat has worked out her true style. Her husky soul voice is not one that is forgotten easily.