Today, May 13, Findlay releases her second album ‘The Last of the 20th Century Girls’, in partnership with Kartel Music Group. The album will be available on CD, black and coloured vinyl, plus exclusive bundles via Findlay’s official store – STREAM ‘THE LAST OF THE 20TH CENTURY GIRLS’ HERE.
‘The Last of the 20th Century Girls’ is Findlay’s most open, vulnerable and introspective body of work yet. Drawing upon her own personal experiences since the release of her debut album ‘Forgotten Pleasures’, the multi-skilled artist explores complex, fully-realised themes ranging from grief and loss to the struggle of losing and re-building one’s confidence, through challenges and pitfalls. And there’s technological prowess across the board, with mastering by five-time Grammy Awards winning engineer Antoine ‘Chab’ Chabert (Daft Punk, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sebastien Tellier), production and mixing by French multi-instrumentalist songwriter and producer Jules Apollinaire (Black Honey, Sophie And The Giant, Suki Waterhouse), who is also Findlay’s bandmate in TTRRUUCES, as well as Grammy and MPG awards winning mixing engineer Caesar Edmunds (Foals, PJ Harvey, St Vincent, Beach House).
The album will be comprised of fourteen tracks, including previous singles, breezy alt-indie cut ‘Life Is But A Dream’, self proclaimed ‘creepy banger’ the ‘Strange One’ and the 80s-inspired ‘Night Sweats’, with the latest being championed by BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins who called the track an “absolute jam”. Throughout the rest of the album’s broad ethos of independent musicality and self-awareness, Findlay explores the weight of her own evolving identity and the depths of her vivid imagination. Self-described as a “late coming of age story”, drenched in nostalgia, melancholy and the kind of strange experiences only a misunderstood millennial could have.
The album effortlessly blends a diverse melting pot of breezy alt-indie, psychedelic pop, dreamy lo-fi chill, indie-rock and expansive cinematic sounds. The latter is supremely explored through Findlay’s focus on self-directing her own visceral music videos, she’s the epitome of ‘DIY Artist’, having “made the decision that the next music I released I had to own, I had to be in control and I didn’t want to ask permission or opinions from anyone else on the making of.”
Creating her own defined, no-nonsense narrative, Findlay explains, “The last few years were tough for me, navigating the death of someone close and dealing with the aftermath, then the pandemic, the lockdowns… my mental health took a big hit. I was totally burnt out. I had to work very hard on myself to get back to a place where I even felt comfortable releasing music and trying to summon the mojo that’s needed to carry a record and put it out into the world. Finishing this album was a really healing experience for me, it was great having something to work towards between all the chaos and heartache.”
After her 2017 debut ‘Forgotten Pleasures’ Findlay embarked on a collaborative project, TTRRUUCES with long-time writing partner and producer Jules Apollinaire, having released their eponymous debut in 2020 to critical acclaim, the pandemic skewered any touring plans for the band and so came the perfect moment for Natalie to begin work on more solo music. “Thank God my studio is in my house, I had everything I needed to make the record, all the instruments, the space to create. I weirdly enjoyed the solitude of it all,” she says.
‘The Last of the 20th Century Girls’ is a stark reminder that there can always be a light at the end of the tunnel, and Findlay beautifully harnesses the light, dark and every moment in-between – “You can choose to grow from it or let it ruin you. I’m choosing to grow and I’m choosing it now on my terms. It’s like I’ve been rolling around in the dark for the last ten years and suddenly the lights just came on.”
Findlay’s second album ‘The Last of the 20th Century Girls’, in partnership with Kartel Music Group is out now. The album is available on CD, black and coloured vinyl, plus exclusive bundles via Findlay’s official store – STREAM ‘THE LAST OF THE 20TH CENTURY GIRLS’ HERE.