ALBUM REVIEW: Marisa Anderson – Still Here | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 23.09.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often pigeonholed alongside the American Primitive style of Fahey, Basho and the rest, there’s a great deal more to Marisa Anderson’s music than that might suggest, and Still Here gives full expression to her restless and affecting spirit. Coming after a couple of excellent collaborations (with Jim White and William Tyler respectively) and with a track included here – the lovely, limpid Night Air – ending up as a Matmos sample, Still Here is possibly her best yet.

Whether duetting with herself as on the plangent, powerful The Fire This Time, bringing a new level of ache to Mexican folk classic La Llorona or tapping into something particularly and sweetly melancholy on Beat The Drum Slowly, Still Here is a gentle, absorbing delight.

 

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