Camera2 – ‘Natalie’

The music video for NYC rock band Camera2’s latest single, ‘Natalie’, is as much a story in itself as a clip to accompany the song. Opening with a young boy riding his bicycle down a deserted country rode, there’s a deep sinister-ness about it all, despite his angelic face and the verdant forest. The boy drops his bike and runs into the forest, in such a sudden and deliberate moment that it’s immediately obvious that there’s something serious about to happen.

Shot on location in Pennsylvania’s deep rural woodlands, the mystery continues to deepen, ending with an unexpected twist. The song itself is dreamlike, with of soft vocals, enticing synths, guitars and hypnotic beats. Additionally there is an added vocal sample on the chorus, which bears close resemblance to an exhalation of breath; the song is as spooky as the video.

Camera2 was founded by frontman multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andy Chase, along with his good friend and frequent collaborator Adam Schlesinger (best known for Fountains Of Wayne). Schlesinger died suddenly in the early days of the pandemic last year, and ‘Natalie’ is the first track released by the group since his death. His presence is very much looming throughout the song.

In addition to Chase and Schlesinger, Camera2 also contains members of Stellastarr* and Teddybears, and the group is strong and resilient; built to last. We challenge you to not still be hearing the melody of ‘Natalie’ long after you’ve pressed stop.

Watch the music video for ‘Natalie’ below, and find out more about Camera2 and their music online on their official website.

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email lisa@essentiallypop.com

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