The Path Of The Clouds

Marissa Nadler

The Path Of The Clouds

Album number nine from the Boston indie folk singer-songwriter with contributions from Jesse Chandler, Simon Raymonde, Emma Ruth Rundle, and Amber Webber

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  1. 9.0 |   All Music

    The Path of the Clouds was constructed by Nadler sending frameworks of songs to long-distance collaborators; Seth Manchester (Lightning Bolt, Battles, METZ) later mixed the album after judiciously adding feedback and distorted guitars. These adjustments perfectly suit the album's epic, aching songs, which refuse to keep tragedy at arm's length
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  2. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    For years, Nadler has been the one to run to. Perhaps this wonderful album will broaden her life-saving reach
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  3. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This far into one’s career, it can be easy to overlook a groundbreaking effort when it happens. With Nadler’s The Path of the Clouds, she’s done all she can to avoid fading into oblivion like the characters she writes about so compellingly here
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    Inspired by the long-running documentary series Unsolved Mysteries, the prolific singer-songwriter immortalises people whose stories need to be told
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A lyrical treasure trove, but the biggest surprise of the self-produced album is the richness of the sound. Nadler’s usual sparse, gothic folk style is emboldened by well-chosen collaborators from Simon Raymonde to Emma Ruth Rundle. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Beautifully poised. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The more you listen, the more you fall under their spell, just as you would want from your next box set craze
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  8. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    With most of its songs sounding like they could play over pivotal scenes of a true crime film, The Path of the Clouds excels in its classic folk storytelling and rich production, revealing at many points an artist in peak form
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  9. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    Inspired by true crime and accompanied by Mary Lattimore, Emma Ruth Rundle, and others, the gothic songwriter’s latest feels newly textured and symphonic
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  10. 7.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    The album is suffused with atmosphere, and is full of intriguing narrative ideas, compelling lyrics, and some of her most well-observed stories. Ultimately, though, it ends up coming off a bit too staid and stuck in its own yawning landscape to truly take off
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  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Highly atmospheric and conceptually intelligent, The Path of the Clouds is a worthy addition to Nadler’s impressively consistent catalogue
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