About

Natural Sympathies is the solo project of Regina musician Amber Goodwyn, also of the Montreal band Cobra & Vulture. 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.

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DISCOGRAPHY

Natural Sympathies – Four Accordions (2020) (independent) – April 2020

Natural Sympathies – Porous (Grey Records) – November 2019

Dialtone – Dialtone EP (independent) – September 2019

respectfulchild – respectfulchildren remix compilation – August 2019

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

SELECTED PRESS

NATURAL SYMPATHIES SHARES THE ALIEN PRACTICE OF HUMANNESS – Indie Band Guru (Spring 2020)

The artists’ overlapping realms comprised of the empathetic and fem-utopian alien we call Natural Sympathies with a reality-inflicted, high-definition human, Amber Goodwyn are in constant conversation. Though the two embodiments might suggest an aesthetic differentiation, together materializes the wholeness of one petri dish – its contents of celestial matter that expands and contracts, akin to the rich reedy organ-like sound of accordions intersecting and breathing in an imperfect rhythm via the 2020 release: “Four Accordions”. The piece is a cover, or more accurately, an interpretation of Tony Conrad’s “Four Violins” (2020). The original Conrad piece is an experimental composition revered by the artist.

Here again we are faced with a camouflage trick of Natural Sympathies: Alien as human, human as alien, free of any novelty character fracture. The listener bears witness to a technology adhered to historical context repurposed for extra-terrestrial transmission waves. These transmissions are delivered with the staggered grace of a sharp sweeping line drawn with the edge of the large hand of a grandfather’s clock. The pointed hand is dipped in ink, and journeys on scholastic paper from the hard red line column to the edge of the sheet with uneven sediment rock beneath the sheet of paper. Waves and lines vary.

SINGLE PREMIERE: NATURAL SYMPATHIES – HARD LINE – Cups N Cakes Network

The second single from her forthcoming album is called “Hard Line” and it forays slightly away from the pop realm towards more experimental territory with rich drones that compliment synths and down tempo drum machine parts. The music has a sensuous vibe that becomes the perfect backdrop for Goodwyn to deliver her first song about sexual desire. Using geometry as a running metaphor, she explores her attractions and desires.

NATURAL SYMPATHIES’ NEW SINGLE AN ANTHEM FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS – Regina Leader-Post

Singing to tracks, “people don’t see the process,” said Goodwyn. “That’s why I am considering in future albums to have more instrumentation again, just to sort of be an example of a woman using these instruments.

“At the same time, the most important thing is just to do what I think is the most fun, and there’s nothing wrong with singing and dancing. And that’s another thing that should probably be challenged … Being an expert in singing is hard work and as important as being able to produce incredible beats or whatever.”

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.”

INSTRUMENTAL: NATURAL SYMPATHIES AND THE CLARITY-INDUCING VOICE MEMOS APP – NMC Canada

“If you look at my archive of voice memos, the actual files, you’ll see similar titles that occur over a long stretch of time, because I really believe the most important ingredient in songwriting, to me, is the element of time,” Goodwyn says. “In that way the Voice Memos app is great—it captures something, an idea I feel very strongly about, and then when I come back to it, my editor brain is able to take over, and I can listen to it objectively and critically, and determine either what’s a good complement for it or I can change it in a way that will serve the song or melodic idea better.”

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.”

NATURAL SYMPATHIES SHOW ARCHIVE

2019

December – Treaty 4 | Regina, SK > Rah Rah Farewell show at The Exchange

November – Treaty 4 | Regina, SK > POROUS Album / Film launch at Silt Studio

August 9 – Treaty 4 | Regina, SK @ Regina Folk Festival > DJ OFFICE SECRETARY DIRECTOR deejay set

“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

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

2018

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)

January 19 – Regina, SK @ Winterruption Festival 2018 with DJ Khanvict and Delhi 2 Dublin > Buy tickets here!

2017

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

2016

Sept. 17 – Regina, SK @ Creative City Centre – Pop Up Downtown 2016

Sept. 4 – Regina, SK @ Drone Factory with Psychic Pollution

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