Marissa Nadler - album review (4 stars)

Marissa Nadler

Songs III: Bird on the Water (Peacefrog)


To the uninitiated Nadler’s faraway, gothic sensibilities and haunted, sirenic voice can be off-putting to say the least. As in previous outings morose balladry, velvety vocals and intricate guitar work are the order of the day here, albeit with an occasionally fuller arrangement that breathes just a little colour and warmth into the spooky, spectral folk-cum-Americana. There is something at once magical, timeless and yet easily dismissible about Nadler’s work. While perseverance rewards the listener the sheer oddness of the path trodden make this another challenging album and by no means one for all tastes.

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