“EXTRA-TOURRESTRIAL” SUMMER TOUR DATES
May 18 – Regina, SK at The Exchange with Robot Hive *
June 22 + 23 Calgary, AB at Sled Island Music Festival ^
June 26 – Edmonton, AB * %
June 28 – Calgary, AB * %
July 5 – Saskatoon, SK at Amigos ^
July 6 – Regina, SK at The Exchange for Grind Central Festival ^ %
July 7 – Winnipeg, MB * %
* With projections
^ With The Mutual Affection back-up dancers
% With ZINNIA
The first single, “Hello”, from my upcoming album is out now! I hope that you like it. Please share it and add to playlists so that your friends can check it out too. xo
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- Heads up: it starts off with a field recording by Andrea-Jane Cornell (very November Rain), features additional percussion work by Justin Hauck and was mixed and mastered by Orion Paradis of SoulSound Studios.
You can find it on all streaming services and on-line stores. Here’s some hot goss’ for you: Grey Records is releasing the record which will be out September 20th and the album will be called Porous!
Here’s why: “(I) have this strange little visual in my mind of one of those crocheted mesh bags, like grocery bags,” said Goodwyn. “It’s like, the more you put into it, it just keeps expanding and holding. At the same time, the openings in this mesh bag become greater and more feelings pass in and out.”
That quote and the story behind the song “Hello” can be found in this article by Ashley Martin for the Leader Post.
I’m also super pleased to have spoken with the lovely Matt Williams about songwriting in this article for NMC’s Amplify blog. It’s so nice to converse with a fellow artist about process, plus he made me sound super smart when I was basically talking about my phone!
In the spirit of the song, this Mother’s Day I encourage you to donate to the YWCA Regina in support of women and families: https://www.ywcaregina.com/donate
In 2018 I worked mainly on two projects: dance choreography for select live shows with an amazing group of dancers we call The Mutual Affection, and a full length album. I’d like to thank the Saskatchewan Arts Board for granting me funding to work on my songwriting. I am very excited to share the next cycle of work in 2019. I was also very happy to play a slew of excellent festivals!
I was also very honoured to have been selected as the 2018 Electronic Artist of the Year at the Saskatchewan Music Awards.
The shell photos with the pink dress were taken by the talented Gina Brass, who also did my make-up.
AG A.K.A. NS XO
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Natural Sympathies is the solo project of Regina musician Amber Goodwyn, formerly of the Montreal bands Cobra & Vulture and Nightwood. Natural Sympathies makes music that is an eclectic mix of playful vocal harmonies, urgent lyrics, elemental drum machine beats, organ, twisty guitar and synth. Her live shows explore her inner life through fantasy, using dance and otherworldly projections and occasionally performing with a coven of back-up dancers called The Mutual Affection.
SLED ISLAND 2019 FESTIVAL GUIDE
“Amber Goodwyn, the brains behind Regina synth-pop act Natural Sympathies, may be one of Canada’s most underrated producers. As Natural Sympathies, Goodwyn makes urgent, spacious pop that feels vitally intimate, even with it’s galactic size. Live, Goodwyn calls in the services of The Mutual Affection, a group of backup dancers that make any Natural Sympathies show a must-see.”
SONG PREMIERE! – NATURAL SYMPATHIES “SPACE INVADERS” – Runaway Pup
“Goodwyn’s vocal is well written to compliment the crisp sounds by switching between explosive, disjunct phrases and more lyrical melodic lines. The space provided in the chorus for a tweeting motive to playfully answer the words creates wonderful counterpoint, considering the previous lyric was “cannibalism”.
FEMME WAVE 2017 – SASKATCHEWAN TAKEOVER – Beatroute
“Regina’s Natural Sympathies is an intergalactic melange of electronic elements framed through an organic perspective. Bombastic synths swirl around Amber Goodwyn’s pointed and oddly anecdotal vocals, making the coolest soundtrack for a celestial road trip through time and space. This multi-talented solo act will surely take you to new dimensions and back again.”
HOW ONE SASKATCHEWAN FESTIVAL IS DEVELOPING LINEUP DIVERSITY FOR THE PRAIRIES – A.Side
“Natural Sympathies stunned on the mainstage with the help of The Mutual Affection, proving more acts should have members of their show who are there exclusively to dance.” > Read the whole article here; excellent article about an excellent festival in rural Saskatchewan by Matt Williams
[LISTEN] NATURAL SYMPATHIES – SPACE INVADERS – Ride The Tempo
Regina is perhaps not the place you’d expect music with such urban slickness and immediacy. However, despite the impressive “future gloom” provided by the beats of Jeremy MacCuish, it is the intelligent and sympathetic vocal performance of Amber Goodwyn that elevates this tune beyond mere engaging electronic pop.
6 NEW ALBUMS FROM SASK. MUSICIANS THAT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO RIGHT NOW WHY NOT – Ominocity
“Opening with a blast of gleeful electro energy comes “Space Invaders”, the latest single in advance of the Strange Heavens EP from Regina’s Natural Sympathies. Despite the rigidity of the beats and the driving handclaps, “Space Invaders” still feels highly fluid, with light atmospheres shifting between sparseness, crystalline synth-lines and a varied vocal delivery that ranges between chorus-fiery and woozy disorientation”.
MUSIC THE BEST NEW MUSIC OF 2016: WE REVIEW NINE OF THE MOST OKAYIST SASK ARTISTS – Ominocity
“Featuring stripped-down percussion beats, obtuse synth sounds and melodic vocals comes the premiere single from Regina’s Natural Sympathies. The solo EP comes via Amber Goodwyn, her first music project post-Cobra & Vulture, a Montreal guitar-drums trio. While the drum machine pops and propels, Goodwyn’s strong voice takes center stage with loops providing a ping-pong backing effect amidst the occasional stark guitar chug. It’s a satisfying listen that seems to hint that there is much more pulsing and oscillations to come.”
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Natural Sympathies – Strange Heavens EP (Prairie Shag Records) – June 2017
Natural Sympathies – Moon Landing Remixes (Pop Quiz Records) – June 2017
Natural Sympathies – All Wrong Single – June 2016
Cobra & Vulture – Grasslands LP (independent) – January 2013
Cobra & Vulture- Vocare EP (independent) – April 2012
Cobra & Vulture – Seer EP (Independent) – July 2011
Nightwood – Carta Marina LP (independent) – October 2009
January 19 – Regina, SK @ YWCA Women’s March 10:30am, couple of songs to kick off the march Link to more info
January 26 – Regina, SK @ Winterruption Music Festival: Begonia, Natural Sympathies, Eekwol & T-Rhyme Tickets
December 1 – Saskatoon, SK @ Black Cat tavern with Friends of Foes, Gunner and Smith and Beach Body
November 25 – Regina, SK @ Saskatchewan Music Awards
October 5 – Saskatoon, SK @ PavedArts for the SoundsLike Festival After Party
August 10-12, 2018 – Regina, SK @ The Regina Folk Festival
July 27-29, 2018 – Bengough, SK @ The Gateway Music Festival
July 7, 2018 – Regina, SK @ Grind Central Records Festival
February 15 – Regina, SK @ The German Club with Bears in Hazenmore and Kakji (Facebook event)
December 15 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange with Library Voices and special guests. Tickets!
November 18 – Calgary, AB @ Femme Wave, 12pm at Blackbyrd Music – all ages show
October 18 – Regina, SK @ T+A Vinyl and Fashion with Foonyap and Hello Moth
September 8 – Regina, SK @ SWAMP FEST (German Club)
July 8 – Regina, SK @ German Club with DJ Smoke Weed Guy + Firestarter
June 24 – Calgary, AB @ Broken City for Sled Island 2017
June 17 – Regina, SK @ Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre with The Florals, respectfulchild and Ursa (Facebook event)
May 26 – Regina, SK @ The Capital (DJ SET ONLY)
May 17 – Regina, SK @ O’Hanlon’s with Ghost Twin (Winnipeg, MVB) and 3 Ninjasks (Saskatoon) (Facebook event – free admission)
April 15 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s Cantina with Little Scream (Facebook event) 12$ advance, 15$ day-of
March 4 – Regina, SK @ The Mercury with Spationauts and Johnny 2 Fingers
Jan. 21 – Regina, SK @ Neutral Ground with Guidewire, Pulsewidth, s bot n wo + DJ Talukdar
Jan. 14 – Saskatoon, SK @PAVEDarts with Ursa, respectful child and Lip Forest
Jan. 13 – Regina, SK @Drone Factory with Ursa, respectful child and Lip Forest
Sept. 17 – Regina, SK @ Creative City Centre – Pop Up Downtown 2016
Sept. 4 – Regina, SK @ Drone Factory with Psychic Pollution
Photo credit: Gina Pulai