Moby Releases Reprise Version of “Natural Blues” featuring Gregory Porter & Amythyst Kiah
- American music producer Richard Melville Hall, aka Moby will release his documentary film “Moby Doc” on May 28, 2021.
On the same day, he released his upcoming 19th studio album “Reprise”.
The film was directed by Rob Gordon Bralver, featuring Moby's life and music career.
The album features feature orchestral and acoustic arrangements of songs from his career with multiple guest artists.
From the album, he released reprise version of “Natural Blues” with an accompanying music video directed by Rob Bralver on April 30, 2021. He recruited American singer-songwriters Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah on the track.
The original version of the song was released Moby's 1999 studio album “Play”.
Moby said of the song in a press release,“I’ve had songs that are very despairing, and some that are celebratory, but more often than not I guess my music lives in a bittersweet in-between. Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah’s performances bring a new sense of yearning to the song that encompasses both light and dark tones. Their thoughtful interpretations bring out deep nuances to the track only they could uniquely offer.”
- Gregory Porter said, “When I first heard Moby’s ‘Natural Blues’ I had an immediate connection with the song. It sounded very modern, but at the same time, it felt a thousand years old. The different influences that flow through this music are brought to the fore again with in this new version – amplifying the soul, spirit and voice of another time. It’s a pleasure to lend my voice to this classic tune, reimagined and renewed.”
Amythyst Kiah added, “I was honored to be asked to sing on this mind-blowing version of ‘Natural Blues.’ I remember hearing the song as a child, but it wasn’t until I studied old time music in college that I realized that I had been listening to the voice of Vera Hall, sampled from the Lomax collection. I’ve been playing ‘Natural Blues’ for years now and it’s the example I give when talking to people about the importance of field recordings and the places they transport us, musically. To come full circle in this way is more than I ever could have hoped for. Hearing my voice with Gregory Porter’s is just stunning and I’m so happy to share this song with such an incredible vocalist.”
- source : Spotify