“Blue Vapor” Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler shares “Blue Vapor,” the second single taken from her new album, For My Crimes. It feels at once tight and improvisational, balancing on little more than Nadler’s steady strumming and vulnerable harmonies with Kristin Kontrol (of Dum Dum Girls), until the heavy, purposeful style of Hole drummer Patty Schemel conjures chaos in the second half. This slow burn feeling is all too appropriate for a song centered around repeating patterns and creeping numbness in a relationship. “Blue Vapor” names that strange ambivalence and turns it into a chant that hangs in the air long after the song ends.

Marissa Nadler on the video for “Blue Vapor”:

“[Director] Thomas McMahan beautifully articulates the intangible sense of depersonalization depicted in the song. He makes some heads explode and incinerates everything in sight. He does so beautifully and seamlessly and leaves ‘Blue Vapor’ a gorgeous monochromatic world to exist in. Taking an abstract approach, he utilizes various experimental and mixed media animation techniques, merging the mood and imagery of the song with hallucinatory visuals that make me go ‘wow’ like I wanted to. His videos for Autolux and Drab Majesty, among many others, really stand apart for me in their uniqueness and artfulness. I hope to make more videos with Thomas because he has an amazing ability to transform the mundane into the supernatural.”

Marissa Nadler
Tour Dates:

Thu. Oct. 4 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA (w/ The Decemberists)
Fri. Oct. 5 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre (w/ The Decemberists)
Mon. Oct. 8 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre (w/ The Decemberists)
Sun. Oct. 14 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Mon. Oct. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Moroccan
Tue. Oct. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel (w/ Mercury Rev)
Wed. Oct. 18 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios (w/ Mercury Rev)
Thu. Oct. 19 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern (w/ Mercury Rev)
Tue. Oct. 23 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Autumn Falls)
Wed. Oct. 24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Thu. Oct. 25 – Paris, FR @ Point FMR
Fri. Oct. 26 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
Sat. Oct. 27 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Mon. Oct. 29 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Tue. Oct. 30 – London, UK @ St Mattias Church (Dalston)
Fri. Nov. 30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
Sat. Dec. 1 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
Mon. Dec. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
Wed. Dec. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Thu. Dec. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Fri. Dec. 7 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd