Marissa Nadler: Little Hells (UN SPK)

 |   |  <1 min read

Marissa Nadler: Ghosts and Lovers
Marissa Nadler: Little Hells (UN SPK)

Sounding as if she is being beamed in from some strange part of space down a shimmeringly beautiful cosmic line, this dreamy alt.folk singer from Boston manages to bring together a slightly eerie quality and distant guitar with a voice which could lure sailors onto rocks.

There's a slightly Gothic charm at work here (she's referred to Edgar Allan Poe in the past), but you can also hear why she has won so many local singer-songwriter awards and accolades from the likes of the New York Times ("spectral reverberations").

Nadler benefits from the production which keeps her at some sonic and emotional distance, and the dreamscape setting -- even when the pace is slightly picked up for the pulsing electronics of Mary Come Alive -- gives this whole thing a seductive folk-ambient quality.

A new name perhaps (this is her fourth album in five years however), but if your taste runs to a point between Rachel Unthank, the moody Sinead O'Connor, Nick Drake and others along the faultline of ambience and alt.folk then Marissa Nadler is a name you definitely need to know. 

 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Link Wray: Early Recordings (Ace/Border)

Link Wray: Early Recordings (Ace/Border)

When we recently wrote about Link Wray it was to draw attention to an unexpectedly interesting double disc compilation 3-Track Shack. It brought together three of his albums from the early... > Read more

Songs: Songs (PopFrenzy/Rhythmethod)

Songs: Songs (PopFrenzy/Rhythmethod)

This young pop band out of Sydney come, not so much trailing influences but shoving them up ahead of them: variously they sound like nasal Dylan '65 doing early Velvets drone (Farmacy), the Bats... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: James Hughes of Batucada Sound Machine

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: James Hughes of Batucada Sound Machine

Batucada Sound Machine -- who deliver a boiling blend of Latin, African and Afro-Cuban rhythms with rock guitars and a stabbing, funky horn section -- have really hit their straps with their new... > Read more

Glencoe, Scotland: The past on the wild wind

Glencoe, Scotland: The past on the wild wind

The plaque at the reception of the Clachaig Inn at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands reads: “No hawkers or Campbells”. It is amusing -- I’m sure Naomi would be welcome... > Read more