- Jeffrey Marini
- Jeffrey Marini
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Nataly Dawn, one half of the duo Pomplamoose, made her Nonesuch Records debut with the release of her solo album How I Knew Her earlier this year, comprising 12 autobiographical, introspective songs by Dawn, produced by her longtime partner Jack Conte. She has now unveiled the official music video for the album track "Leslie." "[Director] Eric Kallevig did something magical to my sad song," Dawn tells American Songwriter, which premiered the video: "he cast light on the story behind the lyrics, without sacrificing any of the mystery." Watch it here.
- Monday, May 13, 2013
California-based singer/songwriter Nataly Dawn launches a tour of Europe for the first time, in support of her critically acclaimed new album, How I Knew Her, including two UK headline shows in London (Slaughtered Lamb, May 15) and Nottingham (Rescue Rooms, May 16), and seven shows in the UK supporting Lord Huron, starting at Junction 2 in Cambridge tonight. The European tour also includes dates in France, Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
About Nataly DawnNonesuch Records has signed California-based singer/songwriter Nataly Dawn, one half of the duo Pomplamoose. Dawn’s solo debut, How I Knew Her, which was financed by the more than $100,000 raised from her Kickstarter campaign, is scheduled for release on January 22, 2013, with a tour to follow.
Pomplamoose, whose other half is Dawn’s partner Jack Conte, has released numerous original songs and covers since 2008 as “VideoSongs” via their YouTube channel, which has some 350,000 subscribers; the videos themselves have had more than 80 million views to date. Dawn’s own YouTube channel, with solo VideoSongs and collaborations, has nearly 100,000 subscribers.
The daughter of missionaries, Dawn spent much of her childhood in Europe, where she attended Lycées Français in France and Belgium before returning to the US to study art at Stanford University. It was there that she met Conte and formed Pomplamoose, eventually performing, recording, and editing songs and videos entirely on their own, in their Northern California home. Their first upload to YouTube was a song they had written, “Hail Mary,” which was featured on the YouTube homepage. In 2010, the duo began releasing creative covers of pop songs such as Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” which grew their fan base even further. Pomplamoose played 20 live dates in 2011, to sold-out audiences across the US.
Nonesuch President Bob Hurwitz recalls the first time he heard about Pomplamoose: “Brad Mehldau told me over lunch one day about these two extremely cool musicians in the Bay Area that had found a new and original way to get their music out. I looked them up online and the first video I watched was ‘My Favorite Things.’ It was clear they were onto something special.” He continues, “I tried to get in touch with them, to no avail, but my colleague Lenny Waronker, the great producer and executive from Warners, brought us together about a year ago. The minute I heard Nataly’s demos I knew she had an original voice and was someone we would love to have as part of the Nonesuch family.”
Dawn said of her decision to work with Nonesuch: “I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to be working with such passionate and intelligent people. People who care about music, and who are pleasantly old fashioned in the way they deal with artists.”
In 2010, Pomplamoose released their first compilation of original songs with lyrics by Dawn entitled Pomplamoose VideoSongs, as well as an album of covers titled Tribute to Famous People. That same year, they also released The Holiday EP, in conjunction with Amazon.com, as an incentive for a charity book drive for the Richmond, CA, school system that brought in more than $130,000 worth of donated books. Their music could also be heard in a series of national television spots for Hyundai and Toyota. They have collaborated with other artists, like Ben Folds and Nick Hornby—with whom they produced a VideoSong.
February 12, 2013
How I Knew Her, the Nonesuch debut from Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose, comprises 12 autobiographical, introspective songs by Dawn, produced by her longtime partner Jack Conte and recorded with a group of accomplished musicians—Ryan Lerman, David Piltch, Louis Cole, and Matt Chamberlain—at Prairie Sun Studios, where many of her favorite Tom Waits albums had been made. Mojo gives it four stars, as does the Daily Telegraph, which calls it "delightful." The BBC calls it "the sound of a woman brimming with ideas as she seizes her moment."