If we ever needed a lesson in the failings of premature assumptions, the new video from Kat Edmonson is one that felt like a bracing splash of cold water after a long sleep. We've been fans of the Austin-based singer for a few years now, drawn to her cool, sometimes kittenish vocal interpretations of jazz standards (and the occasional curve ball, like her take on The Cure's "Just Like Heaven"). But nothing prepared us for "I Don't Know (Reprise)" from her new album Way Down Low, a slow, meandering and ultimately haunting folk/jazz ballad that plays out in the video like a dark, grim scene from the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple. Edmonson is a dramatic revelation here, not only in the perfect nuance found in her cooing, whisper-soft vocals but with the emotional wallop she delivers as the abused wife/lover who calmly, determinedly takes her revenge. The look on her face is going to stay with us for a long while.
Kat Edmonson - "I Don't Know (Reprise)" (from Way Down Low)