Nina Nastasia and Jim White - You Follow Me (Fatcat) by Eric Nielsen 5.23.7
I entered this album on the 6th or 7th listen with a completely relaxed mind it also entered me like light from the speaker into my unbeing. I thought it would be the timing of the drums that would hypnotize my ego away, into a feeling and then below that. Or maybe the sublime barely audible back up singing. I wondered if I could get into the voice through the simple and stripped back 2 piece. Jim White's drums knock on your body center and then the voice enters with a small and simple idea that surpasses words. The dynamics swell with your swelling and infinitely full heart and they lead you across the blackest, sharpest razor between beauty and suicide, between physics and lunacy, across the parted sea to the salvation of your certain destiny.
In The Evening breaks your heart from the opening. Cracking the egg open you begin to inhale the song into everything your mind can birth. This is where the singing succeeds. It surpasses the Liz Phair, Ida thing into an emotional, deeply grounded voice. The drums push the ideas forward on a march into the darkest edge of the ocean off the pier with all lights off, alone. Jim White drums this piece with authority, precision and a certain confidence that extends this duo, singer/songwriter style, through a very listenable and respectable way. That Japanese, Koji Shimura, avant, meter challenging drumming drives me deep beneath the water.
I Come After You also takes you on a pitched, brisk walk among the anthemic forests. I think a lot of my friends would like this record. I do. It took a few listens to really get it cranked over. I had to get past some of my expectations to really hear it. But, it ultimately is the voice and drums that propel this piece down inside me. This album was written together and it's a nice balance between the two of them. The guitar is so below the radar it almost goes unnoticed (in a good way). Other times it's doing some real spare acoustic spook. I don't believe in a God or the mind.