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Marissa Nadler’s “For My Crimes” Is Lo-Fi Indie-Folk Full of Mystique

by BUST Magazine


For My Crimes
(Sacred Bones)

Instrumentally sparse but thematically complex, Marissa Nadler’s eighth release advances her signature style of lo-fi indie-folk full of mystique. With songs ruminating on relationships, her soft strumming and fingerpicking send her sweetly seductive vocals into an eerily serene dreamscape. On the title track, a Southern-gothic ballad, she sings from the perspective of a death-row inmate, while friend and fellow songwriter Angel Olsen lends backing vocals. In “Lover Release Me,” her blunt lyrics about a breakup perfectly counter the melody of a woozy love song. Nadler sees darkness, and she transforms it into a story well told. (4/5)

By Cindy Yogmas
For My Crimes is out September 28, 2018
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018  print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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