How I Knew Her

How I Knew Her

by Nataly Dawn


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How I Knew Her

A heady and quirky mix of Regina Spektor, Leslie Feist, and Joni Mitchell, the second album from Nataly Dawn, the female half of heady and quirky indie pop duo Pomplamoose, is held together by the French- and Belgium-raised, Stanford-educated, American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist's gift for gab, unique phrasing, and sophisticated musicality. Largely acoustic yet peppered with swampy slide guitar, brooding strings, and gospel-tinged organ, Dawn plays fast and loose with genres while maintaining a foundation that owes as much to jazz and blues as it does to folk traditions. Less reliant on the indie pop architecture of Pomplamoose, there is a tantalizing and soulful undercurrent that runs through How I Knew Her, which owes more than a cursory nod to its multi-talented backing players, who provide album highlights like the seductive, sing-songy "Araceli," the expansive and truly mesmerizing title cut, and the ghostly "Long Running Joke," with the kind of tasteful yet confident propulsion that can only come from well-seasoned session musicians, who in this case include Ryan Lerman (Ben Folds), David Piltch (Bill Frisell), Louis Cole (Pomplamoose), and Matt Chamberlain (Fiona Apple). That said, this is Dawn's show, and when she turns the volume down and allows the spotlight to linger on just her, as she does on the Jacques Brel-esque "Back to the Barracks," the lovely, string-laden "Why Did You Marry," and the intimate closer "I Just Wanted You to Get Old," it's easy to see why the Kickstarter fund that proved so invaluable to the record's creation received five times more than it asked for.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2013
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597960501
catalogNumber: 533400
Rank: 150176

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nataly Dawn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Larry Goldings   Piano
Anthony Blea   Violin
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
Melecio Magdaluyo   Saxophone
David Piltch   Upright Bass
Mike Olmos   Trumpet
Anton Patzner   Violin
Lewis Patzner   Cello
Jack Conte   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Claves,Hand Clapping,Snare Drums,Finger Snapping,Toms
Joe Cohen   Saxophone
Ryan Lerman   Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Jacob Hansen-Joseph   Viola
Yuri Kye   Violin
Louis Cole   Drums
Brady Anderson   Cello

Technical Credits

Oz Fritz   Engineer
Jack Conte   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration
Nataly Dawn   Composer,Lyricist

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How I Knew Her 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful voice and wide range of melodies. Good for listening at home, especially with rain... (: