The Natural Lines (ex Matt Pond PA) have announced their self titled debut album (3/24/23 Bella Union) which follows up their recent EP, First Five. Today they release the first single, “Monotony” along with a video, both of which feature celebrated comedian/actress/tv host Nikki Glaser in the role of an unconventional psychiatrist.
Commenting on the song and video, frontman Matt Pond said
“Over the last few years, I’ve tried to focus on my breathing—to try and be a better singer, to try and be a better person. But it’s hard to shit still and slow down when the world seems so unruly,” a relatable sentiment. He continues “‘Monotony’ is an anthem about the daily tightrope—searching for the right path between passion and apathy. All the while, I’ve been working with Nikki Glaser. Her fearlessness is contagious. Since she never hesitates to tell me what she really thinks, I thought it made perfect sense for Nikki to portray my therapist in the video”
This new music and the updated band name follows over two decades of releases by Pond as Matt Pond PA and sees him continuing to work with long time collaborator Chris Hansen as well as several other contributors. The song will feel familiar to fans of his past work, the lush instrumentation heightening the emotion of Pond’s lyrics/vocal delivery.
The Natural Lines will play two shows opening for Glaser on 1/27/23 at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, CT and 1/28 at Beacon Theater in NYC. Tickets are available here.
Watch the video and listen to the song below: