Natalie Tate has been busy in Denver's music scene in recent years. She's played lead guitar in Ark Life and received the "Best Singer-Songwriter" award from Westword last year. Tate recently released her second studio album, "Broken Open," which features more electronic instruments than her previous work.

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Tate visited the CPR Performance Studio to perform a few songs from the new album. She spoke with Alisha Sweeney about featuring notable musicians from Denver's music scene on the new album, integrating pop culture references into her music and her long musical partnership with filmmaker Shane Boris.

Stream the session and watch Natalie Tate perform "Your Type" above.

Interview highlights:

Tate on recording music in a solitary mountain location:

"That was important to me to have that creative freedom. To not be in a studio setting with the pressure of time and money. But just to really get obsessed."

On writing the album with Colorado artists like Chimney Choir and Macon Terry:

"I really feel so lucky to be able to collaborate with all these people whose ideas went into the songs. ... Fleshing them out with everybody was instrumental. No pun intended."

Songs performed:

  • "Calling"
  • "Your Type"
  • "Little While"