Album Review: The Path of the Clouds by Marissa Nadler
Excellent, Based on 3 Critics
Sputnikmusic - 90 Based on rating 4.5/5
Could be her best.
The Path of the Clouds begins in 1928 on the Colorado River in a handmade canoe. How and why we arrive at this place/time can be explained by Marissa Nadler's childhood obsession with the Unsolved Mysteries series; a television show which began in 1987 and was centered around unexplained disappearances. She binge-watched reruns of the show during 2020's pandemic lockdown, which combined with her own unique isolation (which felt like a disappearance in its own right) inspired her haunting and mesmeric tenth LP.
With each album release this year it is becoming ever clearer how being locked down in a pandemic can lead to periods of intense creativity. In new music the responses seem to fall into two camps - the group that revel in nature and birdsong, and those hunkered down in their rooms for some serious creating. Marissa Nadler falls into the latter category, for she has spent a long time watching TV.
Before there were true crime podcasts, there were murder ballads. The gothic singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler has long held a fascination with the form, populating her songs with characters who died lonely or unusual deaths. "I'd rather watch crime TV than see you again," she sang on 2014's July, a threat she's now followed through with on her latest album, The Path of the Clouds.