Marissa Nadler’s been busy lately, with two releases in a year. Â The SisterÂ is her follow-up and companion to 2011’s self titled album. Â While last year’s release was heavy on heartbreak and longing, Nadler looked a little more broadly for inspiration on this one. Â It’s still not a perky affair, as Nadler’s etheral vocals make even the most upbeat lines sound downright depressing. Â Her voice is still the centerpiece of the release, though some of the songs get much more intricate than expected, with layered vocals, piano, and fingerpicked guitar to support. Â It’s not exactly a pick-me-up sort of album — the energy here is all devoted to emotion, not to making you want to dance in your seat — but is a gorgeous, haunting release nonetheless, perfect for a more down-tempo, mellow day of listening.
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