Via: Mikey IQ Jones
Marissa Nadler moves to the Sacred Bones label for the release of what may be her most beautiful and accomplished album yet, July. Recorded with a killer group of collaborators that includes piano and synth work by Steve Moore, guitars by Phil Wandscher (Whiskeytown and Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter), and string arrangements by composer Eyvind Kang, these eleven songs bring Nadler’s woozy, shadowed dream-pop balladry into the sharpest focus she’s ever displayed on record. While there’s always been a craft and detail to her previous albums, July’s lush noir romanticism and sensual ache emphasize the strengths in Nadler’s songwriting without being overbearing and maudlin. It also proves to be one of the most beautiful releases in Sacred Bones’ catalogue, showing a new side of the label’s already rich, diverse roster while remaining an aesthetically logical addition. These are haunting, lovely siren songs made to soothe like an aural balm; fans of the likes of Mazzy Star, Opal, Bill Callahan, and even Stevie Nicks’ more subdued lamentations will find much to love here. Nadler’s crafted a subtle but grand statement that shines brightly, blanketed in the rich tapestries of her collaborators.
We couldn’t have said it better. Stream Marissa Nadler’s ‘July’ below.