The Big Smoke
Both inspired and crippled by expectation, Natalie’s descent into madness is expressed through Nostbakken’s exceptional voice: the entire piece is told through the most haunting musical poetry imaginable. The emotional range is almost unbearably mesmerizing; singing completely a cappella, Nostbakken is exceptional at recreating the theatricality of life and imitating the cadences of ideas and sensations. In fact, I can’t imagine there’s any experience she can’t evoke with her perfect voice. This performance left me transfixed, overwhelmed and weeping. Utterly stunning.
- Miranda Fay Thomas