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"Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn collaborate on music. This is what it sounds like."

Pomplamoose are a quirky music duo consisting of Nataly Dawn (born October 29, 1986) and Jack Conte (born July 12, 1984). Their genre could probably be described best as "indie alternative jazz pop rock". They became popular on YouTube in late 2009 with some covers of pop songs, but also have lots of original music of their own. They appeared in a few TV commercials for Hyundai and Toyota.

They originated with a distinctive style of music videos called "VideoSongs": "What you see is what you hear (No lip-syncing for instruments or voice). If you hear it, at some point you see it (No hidden sounds)." As this proved prohibitively time-consuming — not just by taking forever to film, but by consequently slowing their creative output — they segued into traditional music videos in 2014. (This also gave them time to plan a wedding, which they held in 2016.)

Their YouTube page is here. They also have their own solo careers; their YouTube pages here and here. Conte is also the founder of Patreon, a crowdfunding service for independent artists.

This duo and their music provide examples of:

  • Bilingual Bonus: "Pomplamoose" is a made-up word that sounds like ''pamplemousse", the French word for grapefruit.
  • Bowdlerization: Invoked/lampshaded in their Single Ladies cover:
    "Don't make me sing this part of the song, the lyrics are so bad, so we're going to skip ahead to the "single ladies" part instead."
  • Cover Album: Their album Tribute to Famous People, composed of covers of classic songs like "Beat It" and "September", jazz standards like "My Favorite Things" and "La Vie en Rose", and then-recent songs like "All the Single Ladies" and "Telephone".
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Some of their covers, arguably.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: They have lots and lots of real instruments, and then there's stuff like Polaroid cameras and Jack's own face...
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They seem to like this trope. "Tribute to Famous People", "the album you bought at our show (thanks for that)", etc.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Bust your kneecaps", an upbeat, head-bopping song about the various punishments that will be inflicted in you jilt the Don's daughter.
  • Schmuck Bait: The music video for "Do Not Push" features a literal Big Red Button labeled "do not push" that arrives in the mail. Jack eventually pushes it.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: in basically every song.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Well, she swears as much as anyone else, but some fans apparently consider Nataly to be this, and occasionally ask her if she wouldn't mind swearing less in videos and personal appearances. She has not taken this very seriously.
  • Studio Chatter
  • Uncommon Time: Their cover of "My Favorite Things" has verses consisting of three measures of 5/4, two of 6/4 and then back to 5/4 for two more measures; this was a tribute to Dave Brubeck.

Alternative Title(s): Jack Conte, Nataly Dawn