Mesmerizing! I do like the musical presentation and the lyrics spark much introspection. Really it’s hard to pick a favorite song, the whole album is just so great.
Favorite track: All the Colors of the Dark.
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.
In the two years since 2014’s 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.”
released May 20, 2016
All songs written by Marissa Nadler
Marissa Nadler- Composer, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
Randall Dunn- Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Synthesizer
Milky Burgess - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Jonas Haskins- Bass, Synthesizer Bass
Eyvind Kang- String Arrangements, Viola, Violin
Jay Kardong- Pedal Steel
Steve Moore- Piano, Synthesizer
Brad Mowen- Percussion
Steve Nistor- Drums, Percussion
Will Smith- Assistant Engineer
Jason Ward Mastering
Ebru Yildiz Photography
How foolish I was to think that Chelsea Wolfe would never match Abyss, and that she would do it with such a statement as Hiss Spun! While not as overtly dark or metallic as Abyss, this is in many ways her most powerful yet most nuanced album to date. What is equally remarkable is that this is very accessible despite being another example of Wolfe’s signature musical reinvention, in which she once again blends multiple genres with frightening skill. Not a dud in the bunch, you need this album. Ippocalyptica