Oh how yee young’ins grow. Way back in my grad school days, I remember picking up a copy of Ballads Of Living And Dying, what I believe was Marissa Nadler‘s first LP, from the KZUU promo rack. At the time she was just another new artist in a sea of new artist albums. What intrigued me to pick up her album was the cover (like various people and animals to shiny things, I’m drawn to catchy album art).
Well, her third is titled Little Hells and comes out March 3rd on the growing wonder that is Kemado Records. The first single off that album is “River Of Dirt” and you can both download the song and watch the video below.
The theme here is the road, and she coos El Camino take me home several times during the choruses. Her voice is soft and leans romantic, filled with the spaciness of light reverb. The music backing it is folky, but features a prominent percussive beat. This is not the Nadler from Ballad, this is a much improved, seasoned artist, well-versed in song craft and lyricism.