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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.   Mistress
  5.   Love Again, There Is a Fire
  6.   River of Dirt
  7.   1923
  8.   Wind Up Doll
  9.   Old Love Haunts Me in the Morning
  10.   Constantine
  11.   Diamond Heart
  12.   In a Magazine
  13.   Bird Song
  14.   Rachel
  15.   Holiday In
  16.   Stallions
  17.   The Best You Ever Had
  18.   Daisy, Where Did You Go?
  19.   Box of Cedar
  20.   Katie I Know
  21.   Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning
  22.   Nothing in My Heart
  23.   Undertaker
  24.   Tristessa's Song
  25.   Famous Blue Raincoat
  26.   Pick Me Up Before I Die
  27.   Shadow Show Diane
  28.   Divers of the Dust
  29.   I Don't Want to Know
  30.   Waking
  31.   Sleeping in the Afternoon
  32.   Bird on Your Grave
  33.   My Love and I
  34.   Firecrackers
  35.   Mary Come Alive
  36.   My Little Lark
  37.   In the Time of the Lorry Low
  38.   Dissolve
  39.   Leave the Light On
  40.   Desire
  41.   Feathers
  42.   Hungry is the Ghost
  43.   Little King
  44.   The Little Famous Song
  45.   High on the Road
  46.   Damsels in the Dark
  47.   Annabelle Lee
  48.   Apostle
  49.   Days of Rum
  50.   Pitseleh
  51.   In a Little Town
  52.   The Sun Always Reminds Me of You
  53.   Janie in Love
  54.   Christine
  55.   I Remember the Touch of Your Hands
  56.   Horsefly
  57.   Mexican Summer
  58.   Under an Old Umbrella
  59.   Anyone Else
  60.   Rosary
  61.   Puppet Master
  62.   Lily, Henry, And the Willow Trees
  63.   Heart Paper Lover
  64.   Alabaster Queen
  65.   The Wrecking Ball Company
  66.   In Your Lair, Bear
  67.   Skyscraper
  68.   Hay Tantos Muertos
  69.   Virginia
  70.   Fifty Five Falls
  71.   Carnival
  72.   The Kindness of Strangers
  73.   Leather Made Shoes
  74.   The Rose City
  75.   To a Road, Love
  76.   The Whole Is Wide
  77.   Wedding
  78.   Dead City Emily
  79.   Mr. John Lee (Velveteen Rose)
  80.   Drive
  81.   Thinking of You
  82.   Silvia
  83.   Loner
  84.   Horses and Their Kin
  85.   Give Me Your Gun
  86.   Mr. John Lee Revisited
  87.   Brittle, Crushed & Torn
  88.   Nothing Feels the Same
  89.   Dying Breed
  90.   Ghosts & Lovers
  91.   All the Colours of the Dark
  92.   Yellow Lights
  93.   Calico
  94.   Your Heart Is a Twisted Vine
  95.   Mayflower May
  96.   Solitude
  97.   Strangers
  98.   So Long Ago and Far Away
  99.   Was It a Dream
  100.   I've Got Your Name

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