Friday, October 8, 2021

Marissa Nadler - "Couldn't Have Done the Killing"

There's nothing quite like a good murder ballad, and no one is going to do one quite like Marissa Nadler. Her latest single, "Couldn't Have Done the Killing," surpasses what we would normally describe as haunting. It's a completely modern take on the murder ballad, with Nadler's vocals sounding more hypnotic than they ever have. It's filled with distorted twanging guitars and a lush wall of sound that completely encompasses the listener. It's a gloriously beautiful song even as it tries to push you away at times. It all ends with a wonderfully discordant indie rock guitar solo. If you aren't fully on board with being a Marissa Nadler stan (the kids still say stan, right?) by the end of this one, you have no soul.

You can watch the Unsolved Mysteries and In Search of... inspired video for "Couldn't Have Done the Killing" below. The Path of the Clouds is due out October 29 on Sacred Bones and Bella Union. You can pre-order/pre-save the album here. For more on Marissa Nadler, check out the artist's website.

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