Marisa Anderson’s new record is intended to be the soundtrack to an imaginary film about sci-fi goings on in the deep Sonoran desert, and it's good enough to make you wish the film actually existed. Into The Light is made up of multi-tracked solo electric guitar (plus lap and pedal steel), with Anderson finely meshing her phenomenal fretwork into sensitive and dramatic pieces. LP on the Chaos Kitchen and Mississippi labels.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 21 September 2016
Yet another imaginary film album but don't let that put you off as this is a very pleasant listen indeed. Marisa Anderson is a guitar slinger from Portland who I imagine has long, slender and very nimble fingers.
The album is a collection of shimmering instrumentals using picked electric and steel guitars that could easily soundtrack a lonesome person crossing the desert towards the warm and lush west coast of America. Pieces such as 'In Waves' are the type of instrumental that could work with a vocal and you keep expecting some Laura Veirs type voice to pop in but it never does. Instead it shimmers beautifully like a sun spangled lake only interrupted by the slightly more bluesy 'The Old Guard'.
Otherwise it's never discordant, not even when compared to generally melodic pickers such as John Fahey. There are traces of Michael Chapman in the rolling chords but the fact that it's played on electric guitar gives a completely different hue. These intricate composition are warmed by rhodes piano tones and glistening pedal steel to result in a lovely mood piece.
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