Marissa Nadler
Sacred Bones Records
Street: 02.04
Marissa Nadler = Emily Wells + Daughter
With minimal instrumentation, Nadler’s voice is highlighted, making the voice of her sorrow the focus. As most folk singers are wont to do, many of the themes of July center around loneliness and heartache. This was most obvious in “1923” as she repeats throughout the song, “Baby come back to me,” in an almost desperate way. While a bit cliché, Nadler’s voice is classic sounding, as if she could have come straight from a saloon in the 1920s with her loopy, sinister yet soothing soprano, making this an album I won’t dismiss.
–Brinley Froelich