Marissa Nadler shares “Lemon Queen” visuals

Following rave reviews for her new album The Path Of The Clouds, out now via Bella Union and Sacred Bones, Marissa Nadler today shares the video for “Lemon Queen” ahead of her New York City record release show at Le Poisson Rouge on November 14th. “‘Lemon Queen’ is the name of a sunflower variety that grows as tall as 8 feet, thriving in full sun,” says Nadler. “The sunflower points its head directly towards its life force, growing tall and upright. Perennial flowers and trees watch entire generations come and go, season after season, sometimes the only constant in a sea of change. To me there’s something very beautiful about that. This song isn’t about a sunflower, of course. It’s an extremely personal and first person narrative, and the Lemon Queen is there through it all.”

The “Lemon Queen” video was directed by Eden Tijerina, features Jessica Relinda Maas Venuat, and was filmed at a 15th century estate in Umbria, Italy. “When I thought of what I might contribute to one of Marissa’s songs, I recalled all the feelings she evoked when I was a troubled teen, playing songs of hers over and over on a battle-scarred iPod,” says Tijerina. “Music was a companion I could rely on, one that provided inspiration and encouragement I couldn’t find anywhere else, as well as a running chronicle to everything I did. Now, as an adult, I realize the depth of her artistry: her uncanny knack for reaching those tender, unexamined areas in your heart you can’t seem to locate. In making this video for Marissa, I wanted to recreate the spaces I used my favourite artists to access, a world like the ones I escaped to after school, watching music videos on a computer at the library, daydreaming that one day I could learn to express myself in such a fulfilling way.”

Acclaim for The Path Of The Clouds:

“Virtuoso songs… Exquisitely wrought tales of mystery and imagination.” MOJO – 4 stars ****

“A lyrical treasure trove… The biggest surprise is the richness of the sound. Nadler’s usually sparse, gothic folk style is emboldened by well-chosen collaborators 

from Simon Raymonde to Emma Ruth Rundle.” Uncut – 8/10

“The sense of an artist rising to her sky-scraping potential rings out clearly.” Record Collector – 4 stars ****

“Evocative and atmospheric… This lush self-produced record uses the murder ballad form to tell real and imagined tales of lust, death and revenge.” WIRE

“A fascinating album… as strong a set of songs as Nadler has confected.” Metro – 4 stars ****

“Highly atmospheric and conceptually intelligent, The Path of the Clouds is a worthy addition to Nadler’s impressively consistent catalogue.” Loud & Quiet

“The best album of her career… An artist at the peak of her powers.” Louder Than War

“…she seems to possess a near-classical sensitivity to the sound and shape of words; she’s playful and precise with her assonance, letting each vowel augment and curl over into the next line. The thrills of The Path of the Clouds are far richer than most true crime fiction, but like the best examples of the genre, it leaves you breathless.” Pitchfork

“To luxuriate in the spectral croon of Marissa Nadler is to step into a noirish world of mystery and glamour.” The New Yorker

“Since the early aughts, Marissa Nadler has made a chillingly beautiful kind of music, based on intricate folk-picked guitar and deeply personal.” Aquarium Drunkard


“Marissa Nadler has been a leader of dark, dreamlike folk music for over 15 years, she remains incredibly prolific, and just about everything she puts out is truly mesmerizing. The Path of the Clouds is no exception.” Brooklyn Vegan