I've known Marissa Nadler for over 15 years, since the early days of running the women in music compendium, Wears The Trousers. Marissa was a regular feature in the magazine, and a fan of what we were doing. After the magazine closed, I made a point to catch her out on tour whenever possible. I even flew to Slovenia for a weekend to see her, since it was the closest point on her tour to Istanbul, where I was living at the time.
I find Marissa's artistic progression quite fascinating. Each new album is more and more of a departure from the cobwebbed, shadowy dream folk of her earliest work – richer and more intricately plotted. Last year's The Path of the Clouds was her boldest move yet, so I had high expectations for the release this week of companion EP, The Wrath of the Clouds.
I got Marissa on the phone from her studio in Nashville a few days ago. She had recently recovered from a mild brush with Covid, and we were both a bit gloomy, but it was lovely to reconnect. Read it over at The Line of Best Fit!
"Getting older can be a real stigma for women in the arts. I’m 40 now, but if anything I feel younger than I did maybe 10 years ago. I just hope I can have another 40 years at least of making art." – M.N.