12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The female half of the eclectic pop duo Pomplamoose, Nataly Dawn is also building her solo resume with her second album, How I Knew Her; it's her debut on the well-respected artsy Nonesuch Records imprint. The album was produced by her Pomplamoose foil Jack Conte at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, Calif., where Tom Waits records his albums. A full band was assembled in a single room to capture a wild ensemble sound. Waits' engineer Oz Fritz engineered the sessions, ensuring the album is quirky but well-presented. With esteemed musicians like bassist David Pilch (Bonnie Raitt, Bill Frisell), guitarist Ryan Lerman (Ben Folds Five), and drummers Louis Cole and Matt Chamberlin (Brad Mehldau, Fiona Apple) backing her, Dawn freely sings these strikingly personal tunes that aren't afraid to get loud and messy ("How I Knew Her") or remain rustic ("I Just Wanted You to Get Old," "Caroline"). Elements of jazz, folk, ragtime, and progressive pop all whirl around Dawn's wispy, affected vocals. She's got style.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The female half of the eclectic pop duo Pomplamoose, Nataly Dawn is also building her solo resume with her second album, How I Knew Her; it's her debut on the well-respected artsy Nonesuch Records imprint. The album was produced by her Pomplamoose foil Jack Conte at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, Calif., where Tom Waits records his albums. A full band was assembled in a single room to capture a wild ensemble sound. Waits' engineer Oz Fritz engineered the sessions, ensuring the album is quirky but well-presented. With esteemed musicians like bassist David Pilch (Bonnie Raitt, Bill Frisell), guitarist Ryan Lerman (Ben Folds Five), and drummers Louis Cole and Matt Chamberlin (Brad Mehldau, Fiona Apple) backing her, Dawn freely sings these strikingly personal tunes that aren't afraid to get loud and messy ("How I Knew Her") or remain rustic ("I Just Wanted You to Get Old," "Caroline"). Elements of jazz, folk, ragtime, and progressive pop all whirl around Dawn's wispy, affected vocals. She's got style.

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About Nataly Dawn

The female half of quirky, YouTube-loving indie pop duo Pomplamoose, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nataly Dawn (born Nataly Dawn Knutsen) was born in 1986 to missionary parents and spent the bulk of her childhood in Europe. After spending her formative years in France and Belgium, she moved to California to study Art and French literature at Stanford, where she met fellow musician Jack Conte and formed Pomplamoose. She released her first collection of solo material, Her Earlier Stuff, in 2009. In 2011, she appeared on the song "Letter from a Fan," from Barry Manilow's conceptual 15 Minutes album. That same year she started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new album. She met her goal in just three days, and in 2012 inked a deal with Nonesuch Records who agreed to release it. The resulting How I Knew Her, a heady blend of Regina Spektor and Rufus Wainwright-inspired chamber rock, blues, folk, jazz, and pop noir, arrived in early 2013. ~ James Christopher Monger

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