Nataly Dawn "Delivers a Seductive and Singular Solo Album," Says BBC Music; "Delightful," Says Daily Telegraph
Singer/songwriter Nataly Dawn, one half of the duo Pomplamoose, releases her solo album How I Knew Her on Nonesuch Records on February 12. Even with two weeks to go before then, the critical praise has begun pouring in from the UK, including BBC Music, and earning four star reviews from Mojo, the Daily Telegraph, and Independent on Sunday.
Nataly Dawn "delivers a seductive and singular solo album," says BBC Music of How I Knew Her. "Overall it’s the sound of a woman brimming with ideas as she seizes her moment," writes BBC reviewer John Aizlewood. "She nods to Mary Margaret O’Hara’s way with oscillation, Kate Havnevik’s knack for painting an enigmatic picture and Regina Spektor’s yen for a winning melody."
Aizlewood recommends repeated listens, recognizing it as an album "to slow-drip its way to adoration. Dawn has the intelligence to sway the cognoscenti, the wide-eyed charm to seduce the masses, and an other-worldliness that ensures that, for all those she embraces, nobody sounds quite like her."
Read the complete review at bbc.co.uk.
The Independent on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph give the album four stars, with the latter calling it "delightful." The Telegraph concludes: "Delicate and playful, Dawn balances childlike wonder with sly wit and subtle emotion, switching from deadpan folky narratives to archaic country rocking with an ease reminiscent of such Americana greats as Natalie Merchant and Kate McGarrigle."
Mojo gives the album four stars as well. Dawn's "echoey swamp sound," writes Mojo's Phil Sutcliffe, "emcompassing bottle neck guitars and cellos recalls the friendly/eerie seductions of Bobbie Gentry or Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball." To read the complete review, pick up the latest issue of Mojo, on newsstands now.
To pre-order How I Knew Her and receive an instant download of the track "Please Don't Scream," as well as an autographed print and an invitation to a private online show, head to the Nonesuch Store.
Nataly Dawn launched her tour of the western United States, including a nine-city run of shows supporting Ben Folds Five, last week. The weeklong run through her home state of California began over the weekend with performances in Los Angeles and San Diego over the weekend and continues this week with stops in Anaheim, San Francisco, and Napa. For additional dates and ticket links, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.