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Marissa Nadler

American singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler blends traditional folk, Gothic Americana, and dreamy pop into an original musical framework. Raised in a small town in Massachusetts, Nadler took to painting first, a passion she continues to indulge, but the love of music drove her to become a proficient guitarist and songwriter. Nadler's compositions sound otherworldly, even timeless. Her first two albums, Ballads of Living and Dying (2004, Eclipse) and The Saga of Mayflower May (2005, Eclipse) were largely acoustic affairs that featured her mezzo-soprano voice and guitar accompanied by banjo, bells, and penny whistle. On Songs III: Bird on the Water (2007, Peacefrog, Kemado), synthesizers were used for the first time, as were strings and harp. With 2009's Little Hells, the songwriter began opening up her sound to include percussion, pianos, Wurlitzer, and standard rock instrumentation. She toured almost constantly and garnered global acclaim for her recordings and performing. In 2010, she threw fans a curve by appearing as the vocal chorus on Portal of Sorrow, from one-man black metal band Xasthur. Surprisingly, she was dropped by Kemado/Mexican Summer. Undaunted, she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised the funding for her next recording. In the early spring of 2011, Nadler released "Baby I Will Leave You in the Morning," the first single and video from the fan-funded, self-titled album; it was released in June on her Box of Cedar Records. Nadler issued a follow-up to her critically lauded eponymous album, The Sister, in the spring of 2012. Its arrangements dovetailed with those of its predecessor. Signing with Sacred Bones (distributed by Bella Union), Nadler released the album July in February of 2014, marking her first collaboration with engineer/producer Randall Dunn. The album featured studio appearances from Eyvind Kang, Phil Wandscher, and others. In 2016, she and Dunn collaborated again on Strangers. Here, Nadler stepped out from writing mostly autobiographical songs and penned more character-driven narratives. The set's first single, "Janie I Know," was issued in February. The album appeared in May. ~ James Christopher Monger
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  1.   Song
  2.   Little Hells
  3.   We Are Coming Back
  4.   Stallions
  5.   Puppet Master
  6.   My Love and I
  7.   Mexican Summer
  8.   Famous Blue Raincoat
  9.   Mistress
  10.   Dying Breed
  11.   I've Got Your Name
  12.   All the Colours of the Dark
  13.   Katie I Know
  14.   Skyscraper
  15.   Pick Me Up Before I Die
  16.   I Remember the Touch of Your Hands
  17.   Mayflower May
  18.   Solitude
  19.   Divers of the Dust
  20.   So Long Ago and Far Away
  21.   The Wrecking Ball Company
  22.   Wedding
  23.   Rosary
  24.   Mr. John Lee (Velveteen Rose)
  25.   Drive
  26.   My Little Lark
  27.   Pitseleh
  28.   Love Again, There Is a Fire
  29.   Rachel
  30.   Undertaker
  31.   Your Heart Is a Twisted Vine
  32.   Bird Song
  33.   Calico
  34.   Little King
  35.   Tristessa's Song
  36.   I Don't Want to Know
  37.   Desire
  38.   High on the Road
  39.   Box of Cedar
  40.   Firecrackers
  41.   Brittle, Crushed & Torn
  42.   Virginia
  43.   Nothing in My Heart
  44.   1923
  45.   Daisy, Where Did You Go?
  46.   River of Dirt
  47.   Ghosts & Lovers
  48.   Damsels in the Dark
  49.   Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning
  50.   Alabaster Queen
  51.   Shadow Show Diane
  52.   In the Time of the Lorry Low
  53.   Was It a Dream
  54.   Apostle
  55.   Loner
  56.   The Best You Ever Had
  57.   Christine
  58.   Hungry is the Ghost
  59.   The Rose City
  60.   Leave the Light On
  61.   The Whole Is Wide
  62.   Feathers
  63.   Horses and Their Kin
  64.   In Your Lair, Bear
  65.   Fifty Five Falls
  66.   Dissolve
  67.   Lily, Henry, And the Willow Trees
  68.   Diamond Heart
  69.   Yellow Lights
  70.   Bird on Your Grave
  71.   Hay Tantos Muertos
  72.   Silvia
  73.   The Little Famous Song
  74.   Nothing Feels the Same
  75.   In a Magazine
  76.   Under an Old Umbrella
  77.   Janie in Love
  78.   Old Love Haunts Me in the Morning
  79.   Horsefly
  80.   Days of Rum
  81.   The Kindness of Strangers
  82.   Mr. John Lee Revisited
  83.   Give Me Your Gun
  84.   Sleeping in the Afternoon
  85.   In a Little Town
  86.   Carnival
  87.   Anyone Else
  88.   Waking
  89.   Leather Made Shoes
  90.   Heart Paper Lover
  91.   Mary Come Alive
  92.   Annabelle Lee
  93.   Strangers
  94.   The Sun Always Reminds Me of You