In Photos: Marissa Nadler + Cat Martino @ Bush Hall, London (04.10.11)
The stately surrounds of London's Bush Hall served as an ideal port of call last week for the first night of Marissa Nadler's autumn European tour. The singer has managed to quietly amass a rich back catalogue across the guts of a decade, the latest entry being June's self-released (and self-titled) full-length. Her breathy dream folk and vivid portraits of love lost and found were perfectly suited to the venue's velvet-trimmed intimacy, and her repeated thanking of the crowd for their rapt attention seemed every bit as heartfelt as her songs. Her plaintive cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Famous Blue Raincoat' (from 2007's Songs III: Bird on The Water LP) was one of several highlights during a set that provided more than its fair share of goosebump-inducing moments. Look out for a forthcoming four-track EP from Nadler entitled Rain Arrangement when it arrives towards the end of the year.
Well-travelled New Yorker Cat Martino had earlier gotten the evening under way with a beguiling set that drew in equal measure from her forthcoming Yr Not Alone album and 2009's The Sea Closet. With the aid of a loop pedal, the sometime Sufjan Stevens collaborator deftly constructed a wall of swirling harmonies and instrumental flourishes that set off her voice to striking effect. One to keep an eye on for sure.
The pair continue their Euro tour all this week - go here for a full list of dates. To view a gallery of Richard Gray's shots from last week's London show, simply click on any of the thumbnails below.