Marissa Nadler – Strangers...

Another bewitching effort from Boston born singer songwriter Marissa Nadler.

Guest Lists: Marissa Nadler’s 5 musical highlights of 2015 Dec20

Guest Lists: Marissa Nadler’s 5 musical highlights of 2015...

Thrilled that one of my favourite singers, Marissa Nadler took the time out to share some of her musical highlights of the last 12 months.

Best Albums of 2014 Dec11

Best Albums of 2014

End of year round-up time. There has been some truly outstanding albums released in the past 12 months but for me, nothing came close to the tour de force that is To Be Kind by Swans. A truly stunning record from the veteran art rockers. What are some of your favourite albums of 2014?

Marissa Nadler talks about her beautiful new album ‘July’...

We are just a third of the way through 2014 and already we have been treated to potentially this year’s most beautiful album. July by Marissa Nadler is a lush and dreamy exploration of regret, loss and yearning, a collection of songs of shivering, ghost-like beauty. Over the course of the last 10 years, Nadler has been honing her craft as a songwriter to the point where it feels like July is her most mature, fully realised and accomplished record to date. We caught up with her just after the announcement of a Dublin show on the 5th September in the Button Factory. First off, congratulations on the new album Marissa – it’s a really gorgeous record, one of the very best of 2014 so far. You must be immensely satisfied with the response to it? Thank you! That’s very nice of you to say. I’m very happy with the reception of the record so far. There are few things more satisfying than sticking to something for as long as I have and then feeling this kind of reward back. July feels like a giant leap forward for you both sonically and thematically. It is really beautifully produced and arranged and it feels like your most personal record to date. It’s absolutely my most personal record. When I was much younger, trying to write songs about life with any weight felt a lot like dress-up. So, in my early records, I tended to deal more with surreal imagery and fictional storytelling that were informed, but not entirely, by real life. I feel that I just have more real life experience and more grit from which to draw inspiration now. I think it’s just a natural progression for me as a writer, now that I...

Marissa Nadler – July...

An album titled July might offer the promise of songs bathed in the warm and golden light of summer but there is something darker at work on this 6th album from Boston based singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. Nadler has been making eerie, ethereal folk music since the release of her first album back in 2004. July represents a major progression and is by some distance her strongest album to date. This is a delicately rendered collection of Southern Gothic lullabies; Nadler explores themes of lost love, separation and the longing for things we can never have. It is at times breathtakingly beautiful -opener ‘Drive’ introduces us to Marissa Nadler’s bewitching voice; imagine the yearning of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval crossed with the sombre elegance of Leonard Cohen. That yearning is central to so many of the songs here; ‘1923’ burns with longing while ‘Dead City Emily’ floats by, a dreamy wistful reverie for the past. There is a strong alt-country influence in the plucked acoustic and pedal steel guitar arrangements that give this album an air of refinement that wasn’t as evident on the more straight ahead Goth Folk of her early records. Impeccably produced, each instrument occupies its own clearly defined space with Nadler’s beautiful voice pushed up high in the mix as a voice as richly compelling as hers should be. The dark sensuality of tracks like ‘Desire’ and ‘Holiday In’ brings to the fore another side to Nadler – this is music that seduces and allures. Spectral harmonies and dreamy elegance lure you in but just below the surface beats a blackened heart; there is a baleful and sinister undercurrent that something is not quite right. Like the most beautiful rose with the sharpest thorns, July is an album of exquisite gorgeousness...