Marissa Nadler (born 5 April) is an American dream-folk musician and singer/songwriter. She plays six string guitar, 12 string guitar, piano, ukelele, banjo, and voice. Nadler studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she began her performing career after writing songs for many years. Her most recent record was self-released on June 14th, 2011. A new record, entitled "The Sister," will be released in April of 2012.
Nadler writes strange, yet classic, melancholy songs. Her voice is often bathed in a wash of reverb and space echo and creates a ghostly, atmospheric feeling to the music.
She has American Gothic leanings; her songs often take place in an imagined, idealistic time with a cast of characters of her own creation. Her links to American Gothic are reinforced by "Annabelle Lee", the last song on her debut album, Ballads of Living and Dying, which puts the poem of the same title by Edgar Allan Poe to a musical backing. Singing in a haunting mezzo-soprano, the foundation of her songs are her delicate 6-string acoustic guitar, often accompanied by variety of instruments, including electric guitar, theramin, and piano. Marissa Nadler is continuously thought of as a prolific and thoughtful musician, and it seems that a neverending flow of beautiful songs pours from her fingers and voice.
Marissa Nadler released her first album, Ballads of Living and Dying, on Eclipse Records in 2004; her follow-up, The Saga of Mayflower May, was released in July 2005. Both records were distributed in the US by Eclipse Records, and by the UK label Beautiful Happiness in Europe.
A Welsh Label, My Kung Fu records, released a 7" Diamond Heart / Leather Made Shoes in 2006 - two versions of tracks off of Songs III: Bird on the Water.
Marissa Nadler released her third record ( Songs III: Bird on the Water) on Peacefrog Records on February 12th, 2007. It was then released by Kemado Records in the United States and Canada.
In 2009, Marissa Nadler's "Little Hells" released by Kemado Records worldwide to much critical acclaim.
In 2010, Marissa Nadler contributed vocals to black metal one man band Xasthur's record "Portal of Sorrow."
2010- Covers Volume I- Available exclusively on ETSY
June 14th, 2011- Marissa Nadler released a full length eponymous record produced by Brian McTear
November- 2011- Covers Volume II- available exclusively at ETSY
April- 2012- "The Sister" to be released
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