'Time' by Native Soul Project

PRESS RELEASE ‘TIME’ March 4, 2021


New Zealand-born, multi-genre singer, producer, writer & performer Carla Werner (best known as trance vocalist/composer of ‘Southern Sun’ collaboration with EDM DJ, Paul Oakenfold) releases new music under the moniker Native Soul Project; a dub, roots, electronic project created with Californian bassist Alison Wunderland.


‘TIME’ sets up the dub-sensibility of what is to come from the album ‘TRUE NATURE’ (releasing June 2021), a culmination of tracks written over several years drawing influence from Alpha & Omega, Massive Attack, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Lee Scratch Perry and Bob Marley. ‘TIME’ was written and produced by Werner in Los Angeles, and completed in Auckland under quarantine not long after Werner returned home to tour New Zealand with Wunderland in early 2020.  Werner enlisted long-time friend Lucius Borich (COG) to come on board and co-mix the album.



On the single, ‘Time’, Werner says; “The track speaks to the realization that change is necessary to grow and that old habits die hard but die they must. I was at a place where I was questioning my sense of place, home, music, life and in particular a relationship that wasn’t quite working out. Feeling ground down by LA, longing for relief. ’Time’ is a song stating the obvious,” says Werner.  




Carla Werner (NZ) and Alison Wunderland (CA, USA) first met in Los Angeles in 2015 and played their first show together that same year at popular roots festival, ‘Reggae on the Mountain’ with regular drummer Rock Deadrick (Ziggy Marley) and key/horn virtuoso John McKnight (Fishbone). Invited back to perform in 2017 alongside legends ’Toots & the Maytels’ and ’Sly & Robbie’, the girls were well into headlining many of their own shows around Los Angeles at popular venues The Piano Bar and Hotel Cafe. Many guest appearances with Fully Fullwood and Soul Syndicate crew on Sunday's at ‘Don’s the Beachcomber’ in Orange County gave good exposure to the groups music. 'Native Soul Project' has gone on to support and work alongside the likes of reggae heavyweights Pato Banton, Piracy Conspiracy, Stokely ‘Trim Dred’ Molineaux, Zeb Delfonsky (Tribal Seeds), Knights of the Dub Table (NZ) and Regan Perry (NZ).


’True Nature' is a self-produced reggae-inspired album written by Carla Werner under the moniker Native Soul Project (formerly N8VSOUL) between 2016 and 2019 and features the meditative dub signature of Californian bassist, Alison Wunderland. The album’s musical direction takes stock from the roots reggae genre but is hybridized by a fusion of electronic and dub, giving it a contemporary appeal. The album was written and partly recorded in the US and completed in New Zealand during the lockdown period of 2019, forcing Werner to work remotely with various musicians/artists in the US, Australia and New Zealand. In that time, a remix emerged of the flagship track 'One To Ten' from the forthcoming album by producer/artist, Paddy Free of Pitch Black (Salmonella Dub–Inside The Dub Plates). The remix was released October 1, 2020 and will feature as a dub version on the producers own album ‘Paddy Free In Dub #2’ releasing April 2, 2021.