You Follow Me

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You Follow Me
Studio album by Nina Nastasia and Jim White
Released May 28, 2007
(see release history below)
Recorded 2006 at Electrical Audio Studios
Genre Alternative rock
Length 31:18
Label FatCat Records
Producer Steve Albini
Nina Nastasia chronology
On Leaving
(2006)
You Follow Me (2007) Outlaster
(2010)

You Follow Me is a collaborative studio album between American singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia and Australian drummer Jim White. The album was released in Europe and Australia on 28 May 2007 and in the United States and Canada on 14 August 2007 (see 2007 in music) and was the second Nastasia album released by independent British label FatCat Records. This is Nastasia's fifth studio release overall.

Jim White is arguably known best as the drummer for Australian rock trio The Dirty Three, but he had long been closely associated with innumerable other alternative rock acts, often spending years at a time recording and/or touring extensively with the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power, Bill Callahan / Smog, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, among others; yet this is the only album to bear his name as a leading artist.

A non-album single, "What She Doesn't Know," was released in both 7" vinyl and digital download formats on 25 February 2008 in support of the album.

Recording and production[edit]

Despite being released the year after On Leaving, You Follow Me was in fact the first of these two albums to be recorded. Nastasia and White first discussed the possibility of recording a collaborative album while the pair were touring Russia with violinist Dylan Willemsa in support of Run to Ruin; the intention being to record an entire album where Nastasia's voice and acoustic guitar would be supported throughout solely by White's drumming.[1]

Prior to work officially commencing with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios, White and Nastasia, along with her longtime companion Kennan Gudjonsson, rented a rehearsal space where they quickly recorded multiple takes of each song. Gudjonsson and White would then both return to their home editing stations to subject each recorded track to an arduous process of selection and editing, in effect creating a rough demo of a song by piecing together individual sections of different takes. This process would need to be repeated several times, however, as Nastasia explained, "Jim would play around with different things. He's a very intuitive player, and he could interpret the song differently every time. He sometimes went by the dynamics in the guitar, other times he'd instigate the dynamic change. And he wanted it to be very precise, very specific. He didn't want to improvise." These demo's were later used as guide tracks when recording started with Steve Albini.[2]

"Our Discussion" was originally recorded with Boom Bip for his 2005 album Blue-Eyed In The Red Room, where it appeared under its original title of "The Matter (Of Our Discussion)." Nastasia commented that her original collaboration with Boom Bip "[...] ended up not really working as intended. He sent me some songs and was saying, "Why don't you write lyrics over them?" And even though it was beautiful music, I couldn't figure out what to do with any of it. And I didn't have time to figure it out. I already had "Our Discussion" finished so I just sent him that. He did his version of the instrumental — he remixed it — and I really liked it, but we had played it before [as a band] and Jim and I [wanted to] record it [for You Follow Me]."[1]

Nastasia later expressed some dissatisfaction with the album, stating that "some of those songs I felt like I really wanted to hear how they would have sounded on record with a full band. I mean, I like how they turned out, but I've played some of those songs with a full band since [the record was released], and I just... I don't like to re-record a song. I just feel like I should write another one."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Drowned In Sound 9/10 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.6/10)[5]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[7]
Spin 6/10 stars[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[9]

All songs written and composed by Nina Nastasia.

  1. "I've Been Out Walking" – 3:18
  2. "I Write Down Lists" – 3:15
  3. "Odd, Said the Doe" – 3:12
  4. "The Day I Would Bury You" – 2:55
  5. "Our Discussion" – 3:05
  6. "In the Evening" – 2:26
  7. "There Is No Train" – 2:26
  8. "Late Night" – 4:00
  9. "How Will You Love Me" – 3:24
  10. "I Come After You" – 3:17

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
Europe /
Australia
28 May 2007 FatCat Records CD FATCD53
Vinyl FATLP53
U.S. /
Canada
14 Aug 2007 CD FATCD53
Vinyl FATLP53

Credits and personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nina Nastasia - Features" CokeMachineGlow.com. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  2. ^ Matt LeMay's interview with Nina Nastasia, posted April 1, 2008 Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "AllMusic Review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Sam (2007-10-09). "Drowned In Sound Review". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  5. ^ LeMay, Matt (2007-08-14). "Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  6. ^ Raper, Dan (2007-09-27). "PopMatters Review". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2007-08-26). "Slant Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  8. ^ Beta, Andy. "Spin Review". Spin Media LLC. Retrieved 2011-11-02. 
  9. ^ Gurney, Dave. "Tiny Mix Tapes Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2011-11-02.