Playlist: Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler has been performing since 2000, releasing a number of well-received studio albums, and most recently, July on Sacred Bones Records and Bella Union Records in early 2014. She's contributed vocals to Xasthur's last album, and opened for Swans this year, and toured with Earth in the past. 

Lyrically, her music has a strong narrative aspect, featuring introspective and American Gothic themes complimented by reverb-laden instrumentation and production. 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”.
July, her first release on Sacred Bones Records, was recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, pairing Nadler with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room). Dunn matches Nadler’s darkness by creating a multi-colored sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. 

For more information, visit her website at

Inspiration List:

Catherine Ribeiro and the Alpes

Alphonse Mucha

Egon Schiele and his withered, tragic line quality

Giacometti and his lonely figures

Francesca Woodman

Svankmajer's animation

Terrence Malick - specifically Days of Heaven and Badlands

Julee Cruise - Floating Into The Night

Jenny Saville's painting

Lucien Freud's paintings

John Cassavetes

Louie CK - I just watched the 90 minutes flashback episode last night and was really blown away

Endless hours of Willie's Roadhouse on Satellite Radio while driving

Sammi Smith's voice

Tammy Wynette's voice

Edith Piaf

Townes Van Zandt

Leonard Cohen

1 comment:

Tammy said...

That's an interesting description of her voice. A siren's call. Not something you hear often.