The Natvral returns with ‘A Glass of Laughter’. With hints of ‘Blood on the Tracks’ era Dylan singing over the Heatbreakers covering ‘My Back Pages’ Kip Berman, AKA The Natvral delivers a poignant look into the ghosts that haunted the early days of the pandemic. As he performs in a disco ball, dive bar we see two lovers on a park bench, exchanging a gift and seemingly facing a relationship crisis.
“These songs live somewhere between the climate crisis of 1816, the climate crisis of now, and the climate crisis of the heart,” says Kip Berman. “You might say it’s a gothic record—but the house isn’t haunted. The ghosts moved out years ago, but I still get their mail from time to time.”
Recorded in a single week in London with producer Andy Savours, Berman brought the songs he had crafted after putting his children to sleep to life. He reflected on the studio experience, “The way we recorded it felt very much in step with the hope I had when I started this project,” he says. “Which was: I just want to pick up my guitar and sing – whether it’s by myself or with a band, whether it’s for a handful of friends in a basement or something more. Andy, to his credit, never let me deviate from that ideal.”
The London sessions led to the new full-length album ‘Summer of No Light’, available now on Dirty Bingo Records.