Los Angeles-based Natalise + The Sunset Run have released their debut EP titled Glimpses of the Sun, a set of five tracks that start in dark places only to end with warm rays of sunshine trickling through. Meant to be music to seek refuge into, the lyrics are meant to be inspiring, with most of the tracks swelling into an inspiring end. With touches of alternative and pop rock, Natalise’s vocals, accompanied by sometimes delicate instrumentation, create an intimate and emotional listening experience further enhanced by lyrics that speak from the heart.
The alternative rock “Abandon” sounds like a modern version of tracks by female singer-songwriters from the 1990s like Jewel and the such. The song’s distinctive sweetness is due mostly to Natalise’s vocals, which demonstrate a solid musical and emotional range. “Love Unconditional” comes off as an anthemic, inspirational number dedicated to women everywhere who shower affection on others without any expectation in return. The piano-driven number ebbs and swells into an emotional tower of warm sentiment that envelops and uplifts.
The saddest number of the bunch is “See Me”, which is heart wrenching at times. “Headphones” is the most radio-friendly, the pop-alternative rock number easily something you could hear on an adult contemporary album. The ballad “The Lucky Ones” is all about gratitude for all the little things that make for a wonderful life, inspired by the cancer diagnosis two of Natalise’s friends received. She begs listeners to look for the positive despite the bitter servings life can give you.
At the time of the writing of this review, springtime is about to descend on the northern hemisphere; Natalise’s Glimpses of the Sun might be, in more ways than one, the best way to get through the final weeks of winter. More information about the Natalise and her music is available on both her website and her Facebook page.