Natasha Blackwood

Love Songs for Good Machines (Independant)

Natasha Blackwood is a singer/songwriter, and saxophonist based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a member of Eastern Owl, and Jazz East Big Band, and has appeared on ten studio albums to date.

Her upcoming album “Love Songs for Good Machines” is a genre-bending record that is essentially a jazz album, rooted in folk storytelling, with pop sensibilities. It tells relatable stories of modern day working class people, trying to find hope and meaning in a world that equates their value to their productivity. Through these ten songs, Blackwood challenges the ideals of the nuclear family, capitalism, and the ever-elusive “right to self determination”, with songs that are catchy, nostalgic, thought-provoking, and comforting all at the same time.

Available 2024-05-31
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Natasha Blackwood - Vocals, Tenor Saxophone, Piano, Percussion
Ryan Kennedy - Piano, Backup Vocals
Nicole Hand - Baritone and Alto Saxophones, Backup Vocals
Lauren Strong - Trumpet and Backup Vocals
Duane Andrews - Acoustic Guitar
Humberto Piccoli - Electric and Classical Guitars
Dave Bridger - Upright Bass
Jeff Foran - Drums, Percussion

And special guests:

On “Like Me Now” and “Good Machines”
Bill Brennan - Vibraphone, Marimba

On “How Long”
Catherine Tansley - Tuba
Greg Bruce - Clarinet
John Duff - Trombone

On “Women’s Lullaby”
Kellie Walsh - Vocal Solo
Lady Cove Women’s Choir

On “The Doctor” and “Who is it For”
Amelia Curran, Backup Vocals

Produced by Amelia Curran. Music and lyrics composed and arranged by Natasha Blackwood, except for “Good Machines” and “Like me Now”, lyrics by Natasha Blackwood and Jenelle Duval. Recorded and mixed by Michelle LaCour. Mastered by Sarah Shin. Made possible by the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts, ArtsNL, and MusicNL.

Bed tracks recorded at M.O.T.H. Recordings. Lead vocals recorded at Michelle LaCour studios. Auxiliary percussion and “special guest” horns recorded at MUN School of Music. Lady Cove Women’s Choir recorded at First Light Centre for Performance and Creativity. St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Album Photography by Dan Smith, with digital editing by David Downton. Graphic Design by Jud Haynes.

Track Listing

  1. Who is For
  2. Home to Me
  3. Pleading Guilty
  4. The Doctor
  5. Good Machines
  6. Melita
  7. Happy Anniversary
  8. Like me Now
  9. How Long
  10. Women’s Lullaby

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