erin petrie speaks with Boston singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler …
Boston songstress Marissa Nadler’s music is often aptly describe as dream folk. Nadler’s lyrics paint sad, vaguely familiar scenes while soft, swirling music dances gently in the background — the songs nearly hypnotize you into a dream-like state.
She has released two singles from her fifth album, “The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You” and “Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning.” She’s currently on tour, landing in the Big Apple for her last performance on July 30 in Brooklyn.
Pop-Break: There’s a definite melancholy to your songs. Do you consider yourself a dark person or do you think you are just able to empathize with such sadness?
Marissa Nadler: I am definitely a person that is prone to melancholy. More than that, however, I just think that I have a proclivity towards empathizing with the less glamorous side of things.
PB: What have been your biggest musical influences?
MN: Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush are two big ones.
PB: Music isn’t your only art — tell us about what other talents and ventures.
MN: I sew pornographic pillows and make handmades for ETSY. I also am a painter.
PB: How do you think your music has evolved?
MN: It continues to evolve and will continue to evolve. I think that with each album I strive for more pure forms of expression.
PB: What made you decide to branch out on your own with this latest album and what was the experience like?
MN: It’s a long and complicated story. Lets just say that I’m glad now that I did it this way.
PB: Do you think you’ll do the same with your next album?
MN: I think I will continue to self- release, yes.
PB: What’s your favorite place to perform?
MN: In small venues, without bar noise. I have my favorite cities. I always love playing NYC.