Following rave reviews for her new album Strangers, released last month on Bella Union, and a sold-out UK tour, Marissa Nadler has unveiled a striking video for “Janie In Love”, one of the LP’s many stand-out tracks. The stop-motion video was crafted entirely by Nadler herself at her home studio in Boston and employs a dramatic grayscale that, like her songs, creates depth and beauty out of darkness, light, and subtle shades in between. Clay renderings of faces morph and dissolve to form abstract images of wildlife and homes while Nadler herself basks in the sunlight peeking through the trees of a nearby New England forest.
“Marissa Nadler is someone still committed to building the grand musical palaces. Acoustic Americana of epic proportions… Strangers expands her sonic palette even more, with piano, strings and a rhythm section, yet her voice achieves grandeur through subtlety and understatement.” Uncut – 8/10
“Imbued with filmic ebb and flow, Nadler has moved forward with a delicate yet steel-spined album of intimate soliloquies. If David Lynch were looking to soundtrack dreamlike disassociation he need look no further.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“It would probably be a good idea to lash yourself to the mast before listening to Strangers, because if there’s a singer around these days who could lure sailors to their doom against the rocks, it’s Marissa Nadler.” Sunday Times (Album of the Week)
“Here’s something dark to succumb to. Marissa Nadler has a voice you’d happily take intravenously, one part tremulous country siren, one part cabaret chanteuse. You feel you’ve discovered a portal between this world and the next.” Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****
“Marissa Nadler is a singer blessed with an extraordinary voice… The music fits vaguely into the genre of dream pop, with enough beauty to get under your skin.”
The Times – 4 Stars ****
“On this seventh album, Marissa Nadler has created her masterpiece. These brilliantly bruised soundscapes go psyche deep in lyrical content and sonic exploration… Its staggering.”
The Mirror – 4 Stars ****
“Another faultless collection from Nadler, fast becoming one of the most distinctive voices in American music.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****
“Ever-haunting gothic folkie Nadler opens new sonic horizons. Bluesy guitar, synths, strings and percussion add extra heft to her beguiling explorations of the human condition, still carried by a voice as pure as the driven snow.” The Sun – 4 Stars ****
“This is a true epic of love and longing wreathed in the dry ice of synth swirl and bluesy guitar, underpinned by songs of startling beauty.” Monocle
For more than 12 years Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.
Turning her writing to more universal themes, Nadler dives deep into a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape. Her lyrics touch upon the loneliness and despair of the characters that inhabit them. These muses are primal, fractured, disillusioned, delicate, and alone. They are the unified voice of this record, the titular “strangers.”
Once again partnered with July producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Black Mountain) Nadler has created an album equal in sonic quality to the apocalyptic lyrical tone that covers its 44 minutes. In places her voice and guitar play off subsonic synths, while elsewhere, a pulsing drumbeat launches the songs off into an intense, confrontational place.
Strangers is out now on Bella Union in the UK & Europe and Sacred Bones in the US.
Following a winning performance at the Glastonbury festival and just over a year since the release Perpetual Motion People, his hugely successful breakout album, Ezra Furman has today announced news of a new 6-track EP entitled Big Fugitive Life, due for release 19th August on Bella Union. The EP’s barnstorming opening track, ‘Teddy I’m Ready‘ is streaming below:
Of the EP Furman says:
“Big Fugitive Life is a group of our favourite orphaned songs that have banded together to form a unit. They are focused on the theme of the mind unmoored–those of us who have been left to drift unsupervised through the modern world. Four of these tracks were originally intended for inclusion on ‘Perpetual Motion People’. Two of them were for ‘The Year of No Returning’. But they weren’t ready until now.
The first three songs are our vision of rock and roll. A madness that overtakes your mind and body. It’s wanting to go somewhere you’ve never been, knowing you’re on your way. The second side is acoustic guitar as open wound, a troubled mind on display. Emotional in a different way, tender like a bruise. It includes “The Refugee,” my first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today.
We dedicate this record to refugees of all kinds, all over the world. May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity.
This feels like an end of a chapter for me, musically. A beautiful, insane chapter. Keep an ear out for our next phase – we’ve been dreaming big.”
Ezra Furman will be playing the below UK headline shows and festivals over the next few months. Support at the Roundhouse comes from none other than Charlotte Church with her Late Night Pop Dungeon show in which she gives her MK Ultra treatment to the greatest tunes that time forgot, and others that will forever haunt our collective memory.
Friday 19th August – DEVON – Beautiful Days
Sunday 21st August – CRICKHOWELL – Green Man
Monday 22nd August – BATH – Komedia **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Wednesday 24th August – PRESTON – Continental Pub **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Thursday 25th August – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Friday 26th August – LEEDS – Reading & Leeds festival
Sunday 28th August – READING – Reading & Leeds festival
Saturday 3rd September – LARMER TREE GARDENS – End of the Road
Sunday 4th September – LAOIS – Electric Picnic
Thursday 27th October – MANCHESTER – Ritz
Saturday 29th October – EDINBURGH – Liquid Rooms
Sunday 30th October – CARDIFF – Tramshed
Monday 31st October – LONDON – Roundhouse(with Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon)
Big Fugitive Life will be released 19th August on Bella Union. EP artwork and tracklisting below:
1. Teddy I’m Ready
2. Halley’s Comet
3. Little Piece Of Trash
5. Splash Of Light
6. The Refugee