Monkey Swallows the Universe

Nat Johnson has a voice that can do withering as well as whimsical...Proof there’s more than one primate-monickered South Yorkshire outfit worth listening to” – NME

“Bloodline is reminiscent of Stereolab’s Ping Pong, but MSTU’s heart still lies with stripped-down folk, Nat Johnson’s gorgeous vocals draped over acoustic guitars, cello and violin.” The Guardian

“Ravishing … you can’t help thinking The Beautiful South — but there’s no doubt this lot are way cooler.” The Sun*

*don’t buy The Sun

The Casket Letters (2007, Loose Music)
Bloodline single (2007, Loose Music) video
Little Polveir single (2006, Loose Music)
Science single (2006, Thee SPC)
The Bright Carvings (2006, Thee SPC)
Sheffield Shanty II (2018, digital single to mark 10 years since the release of The Bright Carvings) video


Nat Johnson

Neighbour of the Year (2014)
“A very beautiful record indeed”Lauren Laverne
“A treat for fans of PJ Harvey and Alela Diane” Subba Cultcha
“Genuine and irresistible”Now Then

Formicarium (2017), The Liberty System (commission, 2016), Lonesome Lake (2015), DOG (2014), Dirty Rotten Soul (2008, Steve Lamacq’s Single of the Week)

Bandcamp / YouTube
Twitter / Facebook

Nat Johnson & the Figureheads

“Former Monkey Swallows The Universe front gal Nat Johnson has a sly but resourceful style – sensitive Smiths-inflected guitar rock with a splash of Americana.” – The Mirror

“Past comparisons with Emma Pollock and Chrissie Hynde are well substantiated on Roman Radio; Johnson’s voice is honey-thick, bitter yet gentle, and captivatingly subtle.” – Wears the Trousers

I’m Across, I’m Ashore (2012, Straw & Hay), What the Heart Pours Into (2011, Damaged Goods), Roman Radio (2009, Damaged Goods), Wasted (2010, Damaged Goods)

Damaged Goods

Without Feathers

Sound the returning genius klaxon: Nat Johnson of Monkey Swallows the Universe fame has created a new project alongside Emma Kupa of Standard Fare and Rory McVicar.” – Drunken Werewolf


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