Marissa Nadler in 2011
April 5, 1981 |
Washington D.C., United States
|Origin||Massachusetts, United States|
|Genres||Folk, dream pop, ambient|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, musician, painter|
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, keyboards, banjo|
|Labels||Sacred Bones, Bella Union, Box of Cedar, Kemado, Eclipse|
|Associated acts||Randall Dunn|
Marissa Nadler (born April 5, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter based in Boston. Active since 2000, she has released a number of well-received studio albums, including Songs III: Bird on the Water (2007). She is currently signed to Sacred Bones Records and Bella Union, with a new album July set for release in 2014.
Lyrically her music is introspective and has American Gothic themes, with the Boston Globe writing "She has...an intoxicating soprano drenched in gauzy reverb that hits bell-clear heights, lingers, and tapers off like rings of smoke."
Marissa Nadler was born on April 5, 1981 and raised in Massachusetts. She was exposed to art at a young age through her mother Pamela, an abstract painter, and her older brother Stuart, a writer. As a teenager, she learned to play guitar in a style similar to finger picking, playing a steady bass pattern with the thumb and filling out syncopated rhythms with the index finger. She studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and was an art teacher in Harlem, New York for a short time.
While exploring artistic techniques such as illustration, painting, bookbinding, woodcarving and encaustic painting she also honed her songwriting craft. She subsequently recorded an album titled Autumn Rose, as well as another EP, neither of which has ever been released.
Marissa Nadler released her first album, Ballads of Living and Dying, on Eclipse Records in 2004; her follow-up, The Saga of Mayflower May, was released in July 2005. Both records were distributed in the United States by Eclipse Records, and by the UK label Beautiful Happiness in Europe. She has credited Eclipse Records' Ed Hardy with helping bring her into the musical world.
Nadler released her third record Songs III: Bird on the Water on Peacefrog Records in Europe on March 12, 2007. The album was released in the US and Canada on August 12, 2007 by Kemado Records. It was nominated for two PLUG Awards in 2008: "Best Female Artist of the Year," and "Best Americana Record of the Year." Nadler also won "Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year" in the 2008 Boston Music Awards, with three nominations altogether.
Her fourth full-length record, Little Hells, was released March 3, 2009. receiving praise from many critics. including 4 star reviews from magazines such as Mojo, Rolling Stone in France and Germany, Uncut Magazine, and Q Magazine. It received an 8.3 from Pitchfork.
On June 14, 2011, an eponymous record was released worldwide on Nadler's own label, Box of Cedar Records. The song "Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning" was released as a free download on March 8, with a music video for the song subsequently released. The album was positively received by Pitchfork, which gave it 8.1/10, and it was called "a stellar collection of sullen melodies and lovelorn anecdotes akin to those of Joni Mitchell."
In 2013, she signed to Brooklyn-based Sacred Bones Records (David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch and Jozef van Wissem, Zola Jesus). Her album July is set to be released on the label on February 4, 2014. The UK release is set for February 10 on Bella Union (Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Dirty Three). Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studios, July was produced by Randall Dunn, known for working with post-metal and psychedelic groups such as Earth, Wolves in the Throne Room, Sunn O))) and Jesse Sykes. Composer Eyvand Kang (Mike Patton, John Zorn, Sunn O))), The Decemberists) contributed strings, Steve Moore (Earth) played synths, and Phil Wandscher (Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter, Whiskeytown) contributed guitar.
The first single from the album, "Dead City Emily," was released in November 2013 and positively received by Stereogum as an “ethereal spine-tingler” and by Brooklyn Vegan as “a track as haunting and delicate as any of her best tracks to date.”
Singing in a mezzo-soprano, the foundation of her songs are her acoustic guitar, often accompanied by a variety of instruments and an ambient reverb-laden production. She has been known to play in open tunings on several songs. Her influences include John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Patti Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, and Leonard Cohen. Other influences include Dirty Three, Sammi Smith, Tammy Wynette, and Townes Van Zandt.
Her voice was described by Pitchfork as "a voice you would follow straight into Hades", and also "textured and angelic, with just a hint of pain captured within her iridescent falsetto." The Boston Globe wrote "She has a voice that, in mythological times, could have lured men to their deaths at sea, an intoxicating soprano drenched in gauzy reverb that hits bell-clear heights, lingers, and tapers off like rings of smoke. Hardly anyone considers Nadler a folk musician."
- Lyrical content
- 2004: Ballads of Living and Dying (Eclipse Records)
- 2005: The Saga of Mayflower May (Eclipse Records)
- 2005: Four-Track Recordings, Outtakes
- 2007: Songs III: Bird on the Water (Kemado Records)
- 2009: Little Hells (Kemado Records)
- 2011: Marissa Nadler (Box of Cedar Records)
- 2012: The Sister EP (Box of Cedar Records)
- 2014: July (Sacred Bones Records)
- 2006: "Diamond Heart"/"Leather Made Shoes"
- 2007: "Diamond Heart"/"Dying Breed"
- 2007: "Bird on Your Grave" (music video only)
- 2013: "Dead City Emily"
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- Marissa Nadler at AllMusic, Songs III: Bird on the Water
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- "Case Studies - This Is Another Life". Sacred Bones Records. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
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- "The ‘Gum Drop LXXII: Hear New Marissa Nadler, Win A Nokia N96: Interview". Stereogum. January 21, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
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- Marissa Nadler Interview (in Spanish)