Thursday, July 19, 2007

Marissa Nadler - Song III: Bird On The Water

Marissa Nadler
Song III: Bird on the Water
(2007, Kemado)

Listening to Marissa Nadler sing is like transporting yourself centuries into the past of some forgotten country village. Her ghostly voice echoes only a hint of modern familiarity, instead opting for eerie otherworldliness. Accompanied with a folk guitar and a river of strings, Nadler’s damp beautiful songs are curiously magical, casting an unlikely spell that requires repeat listens. Nadler also employs an occasional organ and backing vocals by additional specters, affecting a thin amount of dust to envelop your listening station before you can free yourself from her enchantment. Admittedly, this is my first time listening to Nadler and my initial “not bad but not great” reaction has been called into serious question. Continually building momentum and supernatural strength, Song III: Bird on the Water is destined to grow to be a 2007 favourite.

-Mr. Thistle

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