Guest Mixtape: Marissa Nadler
We are delighted to present to you a special guest mixtape compiled by the world-renowned Boston Massachusetts-based songwriter Marissa Nadler. 2016 saw the release of Nadler’s latest masterpiece, “Strangers”, released via Bella Union (UK) and Sacred Bones Records (USA). “Strangers” finds Marissa Nadler’s sonic palette expanding (synths and drumbeats are at times added to Nadler’s voice and guitar). But despite the added instrumentation and more intricate arrangements, a purity forever remains in the treasured songbook of Nadler’s forever timeless oeuvre. Beautiful subtleties exist within the sonic tapestries while striking imagery such as disintegrating cliffs, towering skyscrapers, darkening woods and deep rivers are offset with characters often feeling at odds with the world they find themselves in (or more accurately find themselves suspended into, all of a sudden). There’s a tangible sense of contrasting dichotomies lying at the heart of “Strangers” (between the familiar and the unfamiliar; safety and danger; darkness and light; life and death) which makes the journey Nadler takes us on all the more real. Tangible. Life-affirming. And like a silent witness we can quietly navigate that darkness with her. For we are not strangers after all.
Marissa Nadler – Fractured Air Mix – January 2017
01. Gene Clark – “Gypsy Rider” (live) (Firefly Entertainment)
02. Scott Walker – “Duchess” (Philips)
03. Black Mountain – “Cemetery Breeding” (Jagjaguwar)
04. Black Mountain – “Space to Bakersfield” (Jagjaguwar)
05. William Bell – “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” (Stax)
06. Sonny Sharrock – “Who Does She Hope To Be?” (Axiom)
07. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Rings of Saturn” (Bad Seed Ltd.)
08. Funkadelic – “Maggot Brain” (Westbound)
09. Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me” (Jagjaguwar)
10. White Lung – “Kiss Me When I Bleed” (Domino)
11. Grouper – “Headache” (Yellow Electric)
12. Grouper – “I’m Clean Now” (Yellow Electric)
‘Strangers’ is out now on Bella Union (UK) & Sacred Bones (USA).
Compiled by Marissa Nadler, 2016. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.