What She Doesn't Know
by Nina Nastasia on FatCat Records
Following her stunning 'You Follow Me' album collaboration with Australian drummer Jim White, Nina Nastasia returns with a brand new 7" single, 'What She Doesn't Know'. Maintaining the pared-back airs of that album, the record features two previously unreleased songs, each showcasing the stunning vocal talents and high quality songwriting that are Nina's hallmark.
Both tracks here were recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, during the time Nina recorded 2006's 'On Leaving' album (her first release for FatCat). As Nina explains, "We recorded a bunch of songs we'd been playing at the time. Some were meant for future records. ['What She Doesn't Know' and 'Your Red Nose'] came from that pile and seemed to be a good complement to 'You Follow Me'." Both tracks featuring on this great AA-side single feature the same stripped-down instrumentation (drums, guitar, vocal) as 'You Follow Me', whilst each was recorded with a different drummer.
Drum duties on the brief, explosively emotive 'Your Red Nose' are again handled by the incomparable Jim White. Having established a reputation as an incredibly instinctive and distinctive drummer, Jim White has become a guest musician of choice for acts such as Will Oldham / Bonnie Prince Billy, The Boxhead Ensemble, Smog, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and countless others.
The slower-paced but equally gorgeous 'What She Doesn't Know' was meanwhile performed with Jay Bellerose, who previously drummed on Nina's albums 'The Blackened Air' and 'On Leaving', and has toured as drummer for the likes of Beck, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and others, as well as recording with artists such as Solomon Burke, T-Bone Burnett, Aimee Mann, and Madeleine Peyroux, to name just a few.