Marissa Nadler has covered the likes of Elliott Smith and Karen Dalton. This week, the goth-folk songwriter turns her attention to Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality track “Solitude”, and it’s an absolute match made in heaven, err, a gloomy underworld.
Nadler exorcised demons on her last album, 2014’s widely-acclaimed July, and she does the same on this gorgeous yet unnerving rendition. Here, her voice dissipates ever so slowly when she sings, like a ghost that won’t quit its haunting mission, while stark guitar lines ring out seemingly as a harbinger of the doomsday to come. I don’t know if Nadler’s ever considered fronting a black metal band, but she’d be a goddamn perfect fit.
Listen/download her “Solitude” cover below.