Boomkat Product Review:
Intimate folk-rock complexity from American singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler, who contorts the influence of Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Simon and Garfunkel into whimsical, homespun ghost pop.
For Nadler, the recent period of lockdown offered her an opportunity. She had spent the last umpteen years almost continuously touring, so the forced solitude was a chance for her to unravel a little and write music that an incessant tour schedule simply wouldn't have allowed. "Instead of Dreaming" is the result, and it's her most rewarding full-length in years, linking the skeletal folk of her early releases with the richly orchestrated baroque pop of the Sacred Bones-released "Strangers".
It's like listening to a haunted jukebox from Twin Peaks' Roadhouse - Nadler has an intimate knowledge of classic American folk pop and rock and reimagines it with hazy charm. Tracks like 'Sleep Walk' and 'Nothing Else Matters' feel like they were beamed in from a widescreen dream world, while 'Lonely People' and 'My Proud Mountains' strip things back to a whisper and a twang.