Few artists are better for encouraging you to exorcise your own demons, or helping you feel less alone in the process. – Consequence of Sound
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, out May 20th on Sacred Bones, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.
Today Nadler has shared ”Janie in Love,” one of her most texturally rich songs to date, and one that updates her signature sound with some of the most prominently featured drumming of her career. Her talent for powerfully juxtaposing the ominous and the beautiful is on full display.
In the two years since 2014s elegiac, autobiographical July, Nadler has reconciled the heartbreak so often a catalyst for her songwriting. 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 a new 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 song off into an intense, confrontational place.
Marissa Nadler – Strangers
(May 20th, 2016 – Sacred Bones)
1. Divers of the Dust
2. Katie I Know
4. Hungery Is the Ghost
5. All the Colors of the Dark
7. Janie In Love
9. Shadow Show Diane
10. Nothing Feels the Same
Stream below: Marissa Nadler – ”Janie In Love”