Nataly Dawn's Nonesuch Debut Album, "How I Knew Her," Out Now; Video for Title Track Unveiled
Nataly Dawn makes her Nonesuch debut with today's release of her solo album How I Knew Her. To mark the occasion, Dawn has also unveiled a video for the title track to the album, which you can watch below. It's the fifth in a series of videos of songs from How I Knew Her shot at the recording session for the album by Eric Kallevig and later edited by Dawn, all available on YouTube.
How I Knew Her comprises 12 autobiographical, introspective songs by Dawn, one half of Pomplamoose, and was 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 and Independent on Sunday have already given How I Knew Her four stars, as has the Daily Telegraph, which calls it "delightful." The BBC calls it "a seductive and singular solo album ... the sound of a woman brimming with ideas as she seizes her moment."
Dawn was featured on NPR's All Things Considered this past weekend. She spoke with NPR's Jacki Lyden about the new album, her work as one half of Pomplamoose, and similarities and differences between them. "While she retains a lot of the whimsy and charm of Pomplamoose," says Lyden, "the music here reveals a whole different side of Nataly Dawn that Pomplamoose fans might not have known was there ... It's funny, and it's challenging. It's poignant, spiritual." Listen to the segment at npr.org.
She recently spoke with American Songwriter's Evan Schlansky and with Time magazine's Matt Peckham about the new album, its Kickstarter-funded roots, how the recording process differed from that of Pomplamoose, and more. Read the articles at americansongwriter.com and time.com.
During a recent stop in Portland, Oregon, on her West Coast tour with Ben Folds Five, Nataly Dawn stopped by The Bing Lounge at 101.9 KINK FM to talk about the album and perform a few songs from it. You can listen to the set here and watch a few videos from the performance at kink.fm.
Watch the video for the title track to How I Knew Her here: