Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Kevin Cole, is “Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning” from Marissa Nadler on her 2011 self-titled album on Box of Cedar Records.
It’s fitting that Marissa Nadler would self-title her latest release seeing as she funded it herself through a successful Kickstarter campaign and by selling original artwork and “non-official” CDs on Etsy, and and also that she released it on her own label imprint, Box of Cedar Records. But more importantly, the the Boston singer/songwriter says that she’s “no longer hiding” on her fifth solo album, which she calls “the most honest, natural record [she’s] ever written.” Today’s featured song, “Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning,” is the first glimpse of Nadler’s new material, and while it’s sonically not leaps and bounds removed from her previous songs (meaning that fans will still like the new songs), there is certainly a more direct treatment of her vocals here. The reverb is a bit less, the choral effects non-existant, but there remains a natural richness to vocals, and the dreamy vibraphone and washing synths only serve to add to the hazy mystique that her fans have always loved. Also, Nadler’s tendency toward gothic narratives remains intact — the narrator leaves the one she loves and wanders across the country from man to man yearning still for her first love. It’s like half a duet you might find on a Nick Cave song! While none of Nadler’s previous work seemed less than confident and accomplished, it’s great to hear her feeling more sure of herself vocally and continuing to write compelling songs.
To anticipate the release of the album, Marissa Nadler has scheduled just a handful of West Coast dates, but the first, fortunately for us, is in Seattle on June 7th at the Sunset Tavern. More dates for the rest of the world will surely be added, so look for them, and other updates on her website. For now, here’s the video for “Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning”: