Marissa Nadler

There’s no shortage of female folk chanteuses at the moment, but Marissa Nadler is up there with the best of them. Her voice is one of dark intoxication; at once gloomy and intensely arresting, this album draws the listener into her intricately crafted world. Grounded in her own acoustic rhythms, she supplements this with lulling slide guitar, simple electronic touches and light percussion. The icy, delicate melodies and soothing ambience of ‘Mr John Lee Revisited’ is a particular highlight, as is ‘Wedding’ with its swirling, morphing atmospherics that sound as though they are moving with Nadler’s vocals. On the elegiac ‘In A Magazine’ her voice takes on an almost smoky, jazz-influenced quality, carrying the listener away on a crest of wispy slide guitars and beautiful effects. There’s a certain magical facet to what Marissa Nadler does, and that’s what sets her apart from the crowd.



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