Watch: Marissa Nadler – Was It A Dream

With her new album July gaining many plaudits – including a BNM on Pitchfork last week – Marissa Nadler has unveiled a new video for her latest single ‘Was It A Dream’. The song explores the blurry lines between reality and fantasy, something which is captured perfectly in the video as an elderly man gets lost within old archival footage.

Directed by Ryan Walsh, you can check this out below.

 On the video Marissa says…

” I definitely wanted something beautiful and dreamlike. I dressed in a white-and-black dress that was very simple. We had this older gentleman named Archie who had never been an actor before. I met him at a party and thought he’d be perfect for the video, so I asked him. He’s going through this old footage and he becomes kind of attached to it. He’s watching her, and he passes her on the street. The lines between reality and dreams are blurred.”

Marissa Nadler will embark on a four-date UK tour in April. Those dates below…

Sunday 20 April – BRISTOL – The Cube
Monday 21 April – HALIFAX – Square Chapel
Tuesday 22 April – BRIGHTON – Komedia
Wednesday 23 April – LONDON – Café Oto

Nadler lays the listener – and herself – on the line with ‘July’, her sixth full-length album in nearly a decade. Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the album pairs Nadler for the first time with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room). Dunn matches Nadler’s darkness by creating a multi-coloured sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Eyvand Kang’s strings, Steve Moore’s synths and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines escalate the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder. The results are astonishing and occasionally reminiscent of David Lynch (who is, appropriately enough, among her label mates on Sacred Bones). As Pitchfork once wrote, her songs are “as gorgeous as they are elliptical and intriguing.”

Her voice, too, is something to behold here, at once clarion but heavy with the kind of tear-stained emotion you hear on scratchy old country records by the likes of Tammy Wynette and Sammi Smith. Long gone are the days when Nadler summoned images of 1960s folk singers who got lost in the woods. She is a cosmic force on “July,” shooting these songs to euphoric highs and heartbreaking lows.