Natalie D-Napoleon is a singer-songwriter from Fremantle, WA/Wajuk country who splits time between WA and the USA. Last year she released her latest album, You Wanted to be the Shore but Instead You Were the Sea. It was recorded live in a century-old chapel near her home in Santa Barbara, CA, and featured James Connolly (Van Dyke Parks/Jeff Bridges) on bass and co-producing, Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams) on guitar, pedal steel, and mandolin and Dan Phillips on piano and percussion.
‘Gasoline & Liquor’ is the latest single from that album, and D-Napoleon was inspired to write it after seeing a sign by the roadside while driving to Joshua Tree. She says that she turned to her husband, photographer Brett Leigh Dicks, and said it had to be a song – but she thought it was a man’s song, which meant Dicks had to help her write it. The two collaborated on the lyrics while D-Napoleon worked on the music, and the result is a song about holding on and letting go, by choice and against your will. D-Napoleon’s voice conveys the pain and mystification that can arise in those circumstances.
The video was shot in D-Napoleon’s home state. ‘I wanted to make a video that reflected the bleak desert landscape which inspired the song,’ says D-Napoleon. ‘Since we’re currently in Australia we went to the western mining town of Kalgoorlie where there’s no shortage of abandoned gas stations and outback pubs.’