Marissa Nadler: July (Sacred Bones) - album review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Marissa Nadler


Sacred Bones

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The prolific Marissa Nadler doesn't run out of sparse instrumentation over which to drape her haunting voice. July is the latest in Nadler's one-album-or-EP-per-year release string. Her formula of minimal instrument involvement and maximum voice continues to deliver. The music, whether it's a barely plucked guitar or a dribble of keys fits into the spaces between Nadler's clear, emotive tones. Trying to keep some semblance of variety, "1923" has washes of sweeping strings and space-out brushed drums, pushing Nadler's centerpiece voice even further, while the twangy "Firecracker" simmers with country flavor, and "Anyone Else" sits atop echoing strums. She hits a higher pitch on "Was It a Dream," where the layered harmonies take on a whistling quality they are so stratospheric. Most of July sticks to the aforementioned formula without falling into sounding formulaicmainly due to Nadler's open performing style. (

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