Vinyl 7" £8.99 BELLA459V
Ltd 7" on Bella Union. Edition of 350 copies.
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- Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sing / Drive by Marissa Nadler / Father John Misty
Here's a rather anonymous-looking 7" with Marissa Nadler and Father John Misty covering each other's songs. There's no text on the sleeve or the disc so good luck remembering what it is when you find it in a pile of records next year.
On side A we've got Nadler doing 'Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings', a haunting and understated rendition which focuses on her tremulous croon alongside a reverby electric guitar and some unobtrusive drones and cymbal washes filling out the picture. Very pretty indeed.
On the flip Misty's doing Nadler's 'Drive' in even more bare-bones style, just his voice and an acoustic guitar. Thankfully he's got the kind of voice I could listen to all day, and he makes Nadler's song sound like a long-lost Lee Hazlewood ballad but with a touch of the full-voiced fragility of Jason Molina. It's a truly gorgeous recording. If you like the intimate sound of a voice and a guitar and appreciate the subtle art of songwriting, you're likely to enjoy this.
8/10 The Mystery Parade 8th May 2015
This limited 7" is devoid of any information on the sleeve and labels, so it's almost like flipping a coin as to what song you're going to get. Of course, at some point you'll visually recognise which side is which. Marissa Nadler beautifully owns her take on Father John Misty's "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sing"—you'd think it was her own if you weren't familiar with FJM. On the flip side, FJM's version of Nadler's "Drive" sounds intimate, like he's hanging out in your home playing for you while wine is sipped late at night. This record is a rare (literally and figuratively!) gem.
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