Marissa Nadler's Dreamy Folk: The Good Stuff
by Dave Segal
on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM
(Fremont Abbey) Folk-rocky singer/songwriters inundate our United States. New ones keep springing up daily, earnestly clutching acoustic guitars and meaningfully intoning into microphones, until it seems like every citizen of our flawed nation can have his/her own personal troubadour. Could this be the new American dream—or some kind of fresh hell? Maybe it’s more like a bland stretch of purgatory. This grouchy preamble isn’t meant to slight Marissa Nadler. For a decade, she’s been one of the good ones. Her voice is at once silkily beautiful and laden with gravitas, like a slightly less introverted Hope Sandoval. Similarly, Mazzy Star fans should cotton to Nadler’s understatedly lush yet spare, hoarfrost folk. She cut her new album, July, in Seattle with producer Randall Dunn, and it’s a stately, burnished gem. Nadler’s a poised, polished composer and performer doing all the things diaphanously dreamy folk-rock fans love, so if that’s your bag, you’re in for a wicked time. With Shana Cleveland.