Watch: Natalie Prass enlists orchestra for live video ‘Far From You’
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Singer Natalie Prass may be over in Europe at the moment while touring in support of her 2018 studio album, The Future and the Past, but she recently stopped into Montrose Recording Studio in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia to perform an orchestrated version of “Far From You.” The emerging singer-songwriter filmed the live performance of her ballad alongside a small orchestra of violinists and cellists, which was shared on Tuesday and can be watched in the pro-shot video above.

The video opens with a side profile shot of Prass staring right into the lights while singing into the microphone at her Steinway piano. Similar to the official recording of “Far From You,” she opens it up with just her tonally rich vocals at the keys before the string sections come in starting almost exactly at the 1:20 minute mark. The ballad’s unplugged instrumentation is such a refreshing joy to hear in this digitally dominant age. It’s completely out of place in the current musical landscape, which is why it is also so fantastic to hear, especially knowing that the recording is live and (hopefully) free of any autotune interference.

Prass’ left-hand acts as the melodic metronome, steadily pulsating its way through the tear-jerking ballad while her accompanying string section gracefully floats atop her soothing vocals to make for an absolutely perfect live rendition of the song. The only regret here is that the video has to end after just 3:40 minutes. Give us more Natalie!

Prass will continue her European/U.K. tour over the next few weeks before her international leg wraps on Nov. 23 following her appearance at Super Bock em Stock Festival in Portugal. Prass will team up with country-pop artist Kacey Musgraves as support on her Oh, What A World North American tour for a run of dates in January of next year.