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Teddy Sinclair, AKA Natalia Kills, Returns With a New Song + New Band

Astrid Stawiarz, Getty Images
Astrid Stawiarz, Getty Images

Natalia Kills has finally released music under her latest moniker, Teddy Sinclair. And in addition to a new song, titled “Mr. Watson,” the English singer-songwriter announced that she’s currently working on her own music with husband Willy Moon, under their joint effort — a band called Cruel Youth.

“Cruel Youth is the musical love child created during a 3-month lock-in at my studio with my husband Willy Moon,” she explained in a letter via Consequence of Sound, before launching into a sonic description of the band. “It’s the Ronettes on Oxy, it’s a narcotic lullaby, a psychedelic jingle you might hear waiting in line at a Western Union or a laptop symphony soundtracking a car crash in slow motion.”

Sinclair also touches on her controversial (and short-lived) stint as a judge on X Factor New Zealand. She and husband Willy Moon tore into a contestant, accusing him of copying Moon’s style — all because he wore a suit during his performance that week. It was a truly bizarre sight to behold, and went viral almost immediately. According to Sinclair, however, it was all a publicity stunt:

For a brief moment in 2015 I felt like it was the death of me, but somehow the part that survived was a pure uncensored passion that quickly became the ace in my hand. While evolving my solo project into my new band I was approached to be a personality on X Factor New Zealand, which lead to a publicity stunt resulting in a viral media storm. I was subjected to a global witch hunt I couldn’t defend myself against due to a wide-reaching legal gagging order. It was a truly regrettable situation for everyone involved, and Willy and I flew back to our home in New York where I threw myself headfirst into songwriting.

But some good came out of all that bad, she says, as she began co-writing songs with Madonna and Rihanna upon her dismissal, and things fared well for her: “Holy Water” made its way onto Madonna’s Rebel Heart, while “Kiss It Better” is a standout track on Rihanna’s ANTI.

“While working with such tenacious and outspoken artists, I found a sanctuary where I was allowed to sing the unspeakable…no frills, no fakery,” the three-times rebranded singer wrote. “All fun, games, whiskey and a microphone, with the occasional drop in from friends, writer and producers who added their own take on our world.”

And the resulting song is, admittedly, a good one. The comparisons to the late Amy Winehouse are inescapable here, as Sinclair’s warm, soulful vocals on the retro-sounding “Mr. Watson” are layered over a guitar part reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Creep.”

Listen to “Mr. Watson” above, and read Sinclair’s full letter about her new project over on Consequence of Sound.

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