After several years of living in New York while recording her new album, Vienna native Natalie York is primed for her return to Jammin Java.
York's show is in support of her new album, “Promises,” which was released in January. Her show is Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $12 in advance, and $15 on the day of the show.
York said she was looking forward to performing in front of her hometown crowd, and happy to be returning to a venue that has supported her in her career.
“It's always a fun type of show,” she said. “It's a very different perspective. It's a lot of people who have known me for a very long time — they got my first recordings that I made at camp in high school. They've heard my songs grow and change. That's always exciting. They get to kind of see the evolution of what I've been doing.”
She said “Promises” reflects a more rock-based vision than the more relaxed “Threads,” released in 2010, and that her relationship with her bandmates helped shape the record.
“The first was a little more mellow and piecemeal, and this felt more like a joint musical journey with all of us,” she said. “It was a lot of fun and I feel like we came up with something exciting.”
York said the change in sound on the new album grew out of the changes in her life, which included relocating to New York and some new band members.
“I feel like a lot of that comes through in this record,” York said. “It is a product of the three years after college was over ... I think you can hear someone who's kind of on their own for the first time and experiencing relationships in a new way.”
York said she and her producer came up with a mix tape for her band members to listen to, providing songs and sound for inspiration, including Grace Potter and other artists she enjoys.
“[It was] stuff to listen to, not to specifically emulate, but to inspire us,” she said. “I think that we came up with something a little more fiery than I've done before.”
Despite the tracks for inspiration, she said she gave her band members a lot of freedom to contribute to the album's sound, and helping with arrangements.
“They're all contributing as artists as well,” she said. “That was the coolest thing — this is a group of a few of my best friends. Getting together and making music together was a blast. I'm happy we get to do it all the time.”