In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Not My Season” – NATALYA
How We Found It
NATALYA, the African/Venezuelan singer-songwriter AND multi-instrumentalist, crooned their way into our Submithub inbox. She has numerous covers of popular songs on her personal YouTube channel, but “Not My Season” is an original track that you won’t be forgetting as it finds a place in your heart forever.
Why We Like It
“Not My Season” not only takes you on a journey musically but emotionally as well. Personally, most slow builds have me disinterested quickly and lack a pop that really stands out but NATALYA’s voice has such presence and understated power that it keeps you there in that moment. Never wavering or getting lost in its own mood, her voice floats along, whisking you into her tune.
Lyrically, NATALYA is spinning a tale of love lost from the perspective of an artist stuck in the past. “You used to try so hard” is crooned to lament on her past experience. The guitar, just as sad and reminiscent as her voice, gets its own moment towards the middle of the track when NATALYA breaks from her pleasantries and cries to the heavens. The charm of “Not My Season” doesn’t stop with heartfelt vocals and inspired instrumentation; progression is the epitome of this song.
We get the first switch up at 3:12 when NATALYA’s forgoes the gentle sensitivity of her voice for a punch of powerful laments, and just a few seconds later she breaks off the lyrical pattern for a surge of vibrato, further widening the artist’s considerable range. The track has been bursting at the seems to let that subtle swell of emotion into your heart and the flood gates are opened in those final moments. NATALYA has the voice of a weeping angel. With each tear and wail of suffering, you get a taste of her sorrow. It’s beautifully sad as she envelopes the listener in her blanket of warm tears.
NATALYA’s songwriting showed me that not only is one supposed to move on but that they have to fight the urge to stay in the face of wondering whether things could have been different. While it is sad, it’s one that laments the relationship but still appreciating what it did for them. It is sung beautifully and emotionally to make you empathize on some level and the tears created won’t be in vain but instead used as the current to row on and find better.
From The Artist
In writing “Not My Season,” I wanted to dive into the subject of letting go. Change can be frustrating and make us feel powerless, but it’s part of the human experience, whether we like it or not. Throughout our lives, love is a constant and powerful force, but when something challenges it, we can experience fear, despair, sorrow; just as “Not My Season” illustrates. Over time, I’ve learned that our lives and the love we feel may change form, but it’s always there. That’s why it’s ok to let go, because the experience is ours, and that’s our power. I believe a sad song is the best therapy for a broken heart. It helps us realize that we’re not alone in how we feel. Just knowing that makes it easier to move forward.” – NATALYA for CentralSauce
More to Discover
Check out this continuously updated playlist of songs Tyler has added to our Discovery section! Each track or artist has been featured in our “Why We Like It” section, so be sure to check out the page here on the site.