Marissa Nadler | Reckless Records | In-Stores | Chicago Reader

Marissa Nadler Free All Ages Soundboard

When: Thu., July 21, 3 p.m. 2011

Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler got a good bit of publicity last year, both for appearing on Portal of Sorrow, the final release by lo-fi black metal act Xasthur (usually the one-man project of a guy calling himself Malefic), and for using Kickstarter to fund her latest album. It’s too bad so little of the buzz has been about her actual music. There’s a good reason Malefic wanted to work with her, and why 390 people coughed up a total of more than $17,000 to help her make that record, a self-titled full-length that came out last month on Box of Cedar: with little more than acoustic guitar, lap steel, occasional washes of cymbal, and her powerful, sensual voice, Nadler makes heartbreakingly moving tunes. Whether she’s weaving together sheets of metallic noise with a sirenlike wail or bundling up a dreamy, acoustic alt-country ditty in a tender croon, she’s both hypnotizing and rapturous. —Leor Galil

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