Marissa Nadler often gets lumped in with the burgeoning scene of home-recorded, ambient-leaning folk singers. It’s all too easy to record an album these days, though that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do it well. If you spend enough time on music blogs, you could find a new “lo-fi” singer/songwriter for just about every day of the year -- and then some. A few years back, Marissa started popping up on tastemaker blogs like Gorilla Vs Bear, and it was clear that although she was certainly taking advantage of the accessibility of modern recording, she was something exceptional.

While most singer-songwriters fall somewhere on a spectrum that spans "straightforward confessional" to "abstract and ethereal," Marissa Nadler has set herself apart by spanning the entire spectrum. Her songs are deeply personal, yet somehow otherworldly in scope and presence.

Released on her own imprint Box of Cedar, Marissa’s self-titled (and most recent) album is a step forward in production value. It picks up where her 2009 album Little Hells left off, adding a few more twists and turns in arrangement that help transform her into a mature, modern Americana artist.

Marissa stopped in to play a few songs for us while touring with James Vincent McMorrow back in September. To say  she transformed our humble store into something transcendent would be an understatement. Her live setup (an acoustic guitar with a few effects pedals) seemed far too bare-bones to invoke the set's rich sound. When it was all over, I think everyone felt a little warmer, a little kinder, and changed in some small way. There aren’t many performers who can do that to an audience. She’s everything her songs suggest -- humble, graceful, and elegant. I think you’ll hear all three qualities in the songs available here.

Video Production -- Jason Zenz
Live Sound -- Adam Hirzel
Audio Recording and Mixing -- Justin Sinkovich
Mastering -- Hawon Jung