Marissa Nadler shares “For My Crimes” acoustic video

“‘For My Crimes’ maps sophisticated emotional terrain where intense notions of guilt, self-pity, hope, and despair are intricately bound. Nadler’s voice conveys all that information with every breath, a suggestion she’s actually done her time and wants to be set free at last.” – Pitchfork

Marissa Nadler recently announced her new album, For My Crimes, with the title track receiving astounding critical praise. While announcing the expansion of her U.S. tour she’s sharing an arresting live performance video of “For My Crimes.” It is fittingly shot in black and white as Stereogum suggests, “It sounds as if Nadler sings in grayscale, teasing out the complexities of each shade. Breathy shadows fade into delicate light.

Pleased to share with you all an acoustic video for the title track to my upcoming album, ‘For My Crimes,’” says Nadler. “This acoustic performance video was shot and edited in Los Angeles by a wonderful 19-year-old USC film student named Tyler Smith. An old friend from RISD helped me find Tyler and we are so glad that we did. We worked together to create a dreaminess to the video, where elements of flashbacks intermingle with the stark present-day reality. 

The video also highlights the album’s strong feminine energy that defined its recording. Between Lawrence Rothman’s fluidity with both gender and genre (as heard on his 2017 album The Book of Law), and Justin Raisen’s track record of successful collaborations with strong women (Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, Charli XCX), Nadler felt empowered to explore without judgement in the studio. With the exception of saxophonist Dana Colley (Morphine), every player on the album is a woman of notable pedigree and distinct style, many of whom have played with Nadler over the years. Cameos include vocals from Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten and Kristin Kontrol, Patty Schemel (Hole, Juliette and the Licks) on drums, Mary Lattimore on harp, and the great experimental multi-instrumentalist Janel Leppin on strings.

In October, Marissa Nadler kicks of her tour in support of For My Crimes playing headline shows across North America and Europe including dates alongside The Decemberists and Mercury Rev.