Marissa Nadler & Meg Baird at Littlefield, JudyJams weekly picks #2
This past Thursday at the new venue Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn, I had the pleasure of seeing Meg Baird open for Marissa Nadler. Despite some technical difficulties during Meg Baird’s set (which delayed her starting time significantly) her songs sounded beautiful. A member of the popular psych-folk group Espers, Baird has established a well-received solo career over the past few years.
To make up for lost time, Marissa Nadler followed quickly after, apologizing for the technical problems and thanking the audience profusely. Nadler’s fan base is very devoted, and it is not hard to see why (and if you ever attend any of her shows, make sure to notice the gaggle of doe-eyed males lining the front row, consistently). Her voice is haunting, almost gothic, and this makes her style especially exquisite. Marissa played a range of songs from her discography; the bulk of these were from her last two records, Songs III: Bird on the Water (“Mexican Summer”) and her most recent Little Hells (“Rosary” and “The Hole is Wide”). After the first few songs, she brought on stage the guitarist from the band Tulsa, who accompanied her for the rest of the set. This is the first time I had seen her with another guitarist, and he added an extra layer to her already lush sound.
The second pick is the Toast N Jams Mixtape #1! Go download it!