Natalie Jane Hill paints an idyllic, earthy picture on “Emerald Blue”

Texas-based folk musician Natalie Jane Hill offers a taste of upcoming debut album, Azalea, with mesmerizing single “Emerald Blue”.

Beginning her musical career after her move to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2013, Natalie Jane Hill has been honing her craft since then. Her music style is both classic and experimental as she experiments with intricate fingerpicking styles and progressions largely of her own making.

Taken from her upcoming debut album Azalea, lead single “Emerald Blue” displays her frenetic and deeply emotive musical sensibilities. Opening with a frantic energy that evokes the rolling mountains and wonder of nature in the summertime, her track immediately immerses the listener in her world of wondrous storytelling. The cadence of the first line sets the scene for us; we’re thrust into the midst of “A mid-July sun beating down on your ink-covered arms/An emerald blue shining through as the canyon did too”.

Her first collection of tracks, Azalea as a whole was made with the aim of giving space for her genuine words and guitar, without any added distractions. Having been mixed and mastered by her brother Logan Hill, the record is set to be intimate and introspective.

Without any embellishment, “Emerald Blue” embodies this mission statement. Solely performed on the guitar, there’s a simplistic and earthly beauty that resonates through your heart. The crystal clear tenor of Natalie Jane Hill’s voice combined with the impossibly rapid picking of the guitar creates a real sense of journey, of a secret story unfolding throughout the track.

“Emerald Blue” feels inherently personable, a track full of emotion and private meaning to Natalie Jane Hill, yet there’s something at its core that touches the listener; whilst the story being told and the landscape being described are unfamiliar, the feelings they evoke are universal. A lot of this is to be credited to the inspiration for the record that came from the omnipresence of nature’s beauty.

In her own words, “Above all else, Azalea depicts passing moments, subtle revelations and quiet truths…all cohering within the interior landscape of the artist and the natural world.” And “Emerald Blue” is just a perfect proof.

Rachel Chandler