Posts filed under ‘Marissa Nadler’
Marissa Nadler is streaming a gorgeous new track, “Was It a Dream”, from off her upcoming release, “July”, out on February 4th via Sacred Bones and Feb. 10th through Bella Union. The song finds Nadler adding a bluesy slow-burning electric guitar to match her pretty drawn-out singing. I’m not sure how much one artist takes in from touring with another, but the vocals feel slightly influenced by Nadler’s time with Sharon Van Etten from what I can hear. It’s the way words and melodies become elongated over the top of three or four beats. It’s really a complex arrangement, with stunning vocal melodies, all made to sound easy and drifting. I like this direction for Nadler. “July” is the follow up to Nadler’s 2012 eight-song release, “Sister”. – David D. Robbins Jr.
You can hear a stream of Marissa Nadler’s latest record, “The Sister”, at soundcloud. At first listen, this eight-song album may sound stripped down, the essentials cut to a folk starkness, filled with guitar strums, dexterous guitar-picking, lithely pretty vocals, background vocal harmonies, and warm backing instruments. But in another way, the arrangements feel baroque and complex in their subtlety. One of the standouts, “Constantine”, is in that Joanna Newsom range, existing somewhere between folk, Americana, and Arthurian conjuring. It’s playfully and exquisitely wordy, as arcane imagery mixes with hushed verses of love and sibilants strung together like pearls on a necklace: “Constantine’s in his limousine / Does he recall the coding days? / Tambourines, with the water clean / I sat silver screen at his cabarets / But he joined a band to play rock and roll / I sat, sitting center on a summer stroll.” A song like “To a Road, Love” is a tightrope walk of delicacy, the tension building through Nadler’s lightsome and limber vocal stretching. It might be the best track on the record. Listen for yourself below. Most of the album harkens back to the days of the chanteuse, where everything seems centered around the female voice, like on “Your Heart Is a Twisted Vine”. The nostalgia-soaked “In a Little Town” is darkly picturesque, gliding gracefully through beautiful end-rhymes and sentiment about reminiscence, inspiration, and the passing of time: “You brought me to this song / And these strings I bring along / May be the last chance that you get in a little town.” The album’s official release date is May 29. Follow Nadler at facebook, twitter, and bandcamp. Note: All lyrics are unofficial. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Marissa Nadler sent out an album of covers to fans who contributed, via Kickstarter, to the release of her most recent record. The songs are a wonderful mix of genres, from Radiohead’s “No Surprises” and John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” to “Townes Van Zandt’s “Colorado Girl” and Xiu Xiu’s “Clowne Town”. But the absolute diamond of the bunch is the heart-wrenching, honey-drip paced re-imagining of The Lemonheads’ “My Drug Buddy”. Obviously, it’s a song about getting a drug hook-up. But it’s more than that. It’s part tragedy, part love affair with the person you enjoy doing drugs with. Misery (even if you don’t know you are) loves company. And there’s something settling about that. It’s a song about loneliness and friendship. It’s still hard to imagine lead singer Evan Dando feeling so low as to write a verse as marvelous and sad as this, “I’m too much with myself / I wanna be someone else.” Sometimes being with someone else makes a person forget wanting to be someone else. At least that’s the hope. It’s a devastating track, made even richer by Marissa and friends. The vocal harmonies are hypnotically crushing in their lushness — their opulent slumbers giving the song the gravity it deserves. (Just listen to the delicate changes of vocal volume, like with the line, “There’s still some of the same stuff we got yesterday.”) The vocal phrasing on this track is numbingly pretty. Sorry, but no downloads for this track. I’m greedy like that. Listen and weep, my dear friends. Then next time Marissa starts another Kickstarter project or something like it — pony up and maybe you’ll get a taste of something as beautiful and stunning as this imaginative track. I haven’t heard a cover as good as this in ages. Note: Art is a photo manipulation using a photograph from the artist’s webpage mixed with an image of Dando. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Marissa Nadler “My Drug Buddy” (The Lemonheads cover)
Cloud Seeding is a music project formed by Brooklyn-based guitarist Kevin Serra. The project will combine the vocal talent of a musician he admires and his musical abilities. The first collaboration begins with a Their Bated Breath favorite, singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. The pair combine for two psychedelic and drifting songs, “Ink Jar” and “Unquestioning”. The former finds Nadler putting her beautiful pipes to good use, her vocals curling and lingering around soft-strummed electric guitar: “When you came into my house / I’m better off without you.” “Unquestioning” is beautifully understated. Nadler’s vocals trailing, nearly imperceptible, like a distant haunting behind Serra’s wafting and mysterious music. Serra says he is currently working with other artists and intends to release more Cloud Seeding singles. Note: Visit Nadler’s site to buy her latest self-titled solo record. Collage art created by Ryan Walsh. – David D. Robbins Jr.
In the interest of full disclosure, I put a few dollars into this new Marissa Nadler project, along with over 390 other people. Nadler put together a very cool Kickstarter campaign in November of last year and raised enough money (over $17,000) to create a new record, due to be released this spring. So yes, she’s just that good — so much so — that fans were willing to kick-in just to hear her sing more songs. Be sure to check out her website, and who knows, maybe she’ll start another campaign and you can contribute too. But first things first. Nadler just posted a new single, “Baby, I Will Leave You In the Morning”, from off her upcoming release at Epitonic.com. If you remember, Epitonic.com was a groundbreaking site years ago and one of the first to offer free and legal MP3s for you to expand your musical tastes. The track feels old-school with a Nancy Sinatra meets Dusty Springfield kinda vibe. Nadler said this about the new music, “I ended up recording 15 songs with the amazing Brian McTear, with 11 of those on the proper record, and 4 on a companion EP. There are songs completely acoustic, with just me and my guitar. There are songs that are a tiny bit more flushed out. There are spacey songs that make you want to float away. There are many sad songs of course. There are songs that appear for the first time using absolutely no reverb on my voice (two songs to be exact).” – David D. Robbins Jr.