This is a totally mesmerizing album. It;s really special, and feels like a beautiful melancholic painting (if that makes any sense). Amongst singer-songwriters, very few have such a distinctive style of there own.
Favorite track: All the Colors of the Dark.
American Southern Gothic, ranging from Julee Cruise-type cinematic "Nothing Feels the Same", to the stripped acoustic guitar & gauzy multi-tracked vocals on "Shadow Show Diane", to the traditional Americana folk suddenly interrupted by an early 70s Krautrock band complete with synth drone on fave. Lyrically quite individual & interesting. Her most consistently good album.
Favorite track: Katie I Know.
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