Mirel Wagner

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I found "No Death" last night on the interwebs and it stopped me in my fucking tracks. I played it in the outloud.fm room last night and the response was pretty similar with those guys. Best we can tell, it's an original composition...which makes it even more :O

I've since heard the album, and even though nothing therein is on quite the same level as "No Death," this girl is on some completely different plane and in harmony with all the elements of the universe. She's TAPPED IN.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 13 January 2012 19:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pretty sharp, acoustic Mazzy Star even more spooked out.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 13 January 2012 22:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

lovely. oddly enough I just saw this on King Midas Sound's blog too. I would never have guessed her background: http://www.friendlyfirerecordings.com/Bands/MirelWagner/mirelwagner.html

rob, Saturday, 14 January 2012 02:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Album just keeps getting better.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 16 January 2012 19:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

genuine shivers up my spine

incredible shrinking man on euphonium (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 16 January 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh shit this is fantastic

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

i love this

filing alongside phaedra - similarly precise, spellbinding folk. d/lding album

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know, right?

uncle acid and the absquatulators (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Totally get the Phaedra comparison, much more of an obvious Leonard Cohen influence though.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ here's some Phaedra btw for those who don't know her

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

(not her best songs unfortunately, but there isn't a lot out there on youtube)

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

lovely

Crackle Box, Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

these two phaedra songs are pretty amazing imo

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would never have guessed her background

Hah, me neither! I remember seeing a video of her and thinking she's some upcoming British musician or something. Then later on I heard an interview, and was totally surprised to hear her speak the same Finnish dialect as myself.

Tuomas, Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

playing the lexington tonight btw

Crackle Box, Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

really???? i have plans already :(((((

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

also playing this:

http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/others2012/shhh/

Crackle Box, Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

And this:

Feb 2 Green Note Cafe London, UNITED KINGDOM - 19:00

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think people that <3 nick cave will <3 this

Crackle Box, Thursday, 26 January 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Glad this is resonating with some other people like it did me. :D

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 26 January 2012 22:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's got 60's vibe as thick as custard, don't think I've enjoyed anything quite that retro for a while.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Thursday, 26 January 2012 22:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Several songs on the album just feel like they've been around in some form since time began and she snagged them and put a name on them. To her credit, that is. The way they unfold is exactly the way they should, if that makes sense.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 26 January 2012 23:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

this album is so incredible - so still, and her lyrics are really evocative

lex pretend, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 13:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

agreed, so good, i still put this on all the time. love it so much i did a time-stretched version of "No Death" going into the original at the beginning of this mix: https://soundcloud.com/chantssound/no-death-in-winter-mix

also i hear there will be a new album! if the s/t record was all she ever recorded it would sort of make sense, but i'm excited for more.

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 January 2014 19:05 (9 months ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

new record produced with sasu ripatti

Crackle Box, Friday, 23 May 2014 08:18 (4 months ago) Permalink

omg luomo and mirel wagner together!!!!

this is gorgeous

lex pretend, Friday, 23 May 2014 08:53 (4 months ago) Permalink

I love this!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 23 May 2014 13:49 (4 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

The new album came out Friday, any thoughts? I think it's cool, but I was perhaps expecting her to expand her sound a bit more? Even though it was produced by Vladislav Delay, it sounds pretty much the same as the first one... Maybe the melodies are a bit more complex, and the sound a bit more "wet", but basic formula is pretty much the same. Don't get me wrong, I still like Wagner's songs and her voice and her guitar playing, but I hope she won't remain a one-trick pony forever, can't imagine building a satisfying long-term career on these blocks alone.

Tuomas, Sunday, 10 August 2014 12:09 (2 months ago) Permalink

i haven't heard the new one yet. her sound is so minimal and perfect to start with that there's nothing to pare down, you can only add to it, and it's hard to imagine adding much without diluting what makes her so striking. it's a tough spot artistically, sure, but i'm happy to get more of the same as long as the songs are good.

even small changes could be huge in her musical world and it sounds like that's what she's doing, looking forward to checking it out.

festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 11 August 2014 16:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

man i was really not sure about the new record when i started listening, seemed too dry and bright. the first LP sounds like it was recorded pretty lo-fi but it also feels huge and intimate at the same time.

it turns out the first 3-4 tracks are my least favorite though, "In My Father's House" is stunning and it doesn't stop from there. "Dreamt of a Wave" is even better.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 14 August 2014 13:55 (2 months ago) Permalink

even hearing her strum with a pick and sing melodies that move around feels like a big shift, although there are some late album cuts (like "What Love Looks Like") that could fit on the first record, hushed finger-picking and one-note melodies.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 14 August 2014 13:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

I guess the sameyness to the first album could be because this is her first non-Finnish release, so it's essentially her debut for a larger audience? But if her third albums is gonna sound the same too, I'm probably not gonna bother to buy it, two is enough IMO.

Tuomas, Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:21 (2 months ago) Permalink

i'm not sure what you expect her to do? i'm not particularly interested in hearing a full band MW record.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:49 (2 months ago) Permalink

This album is actually extremely well produced, for something so minimal you can really tell that the maximum amount of attention has been paid to every single sound and how they fit together, even when it's just a cello or an accordion there, or just individual notes on a guitar, the whole thing sounds gorgeous, like it's happening right next to your ear.

Matt DC, Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

i absolutely love it on a couple of listens

lex pretend, Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

The songs are better than the last album as well. I liked that one in the abstract but never really listened to it but this one has been on repeat this week.

Matt DC, Thursday, 14 August 2014 15:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

this is creepy as fuck on headphones in the dark. i don't think she's repeating herself at all, she's refining her bare-bones aesthetic

lex pretend, Friday, 15 August 2014 09:49 (2 months ago) Permalink

agreed, i've had this on repeat (sometimes alternating with Twigs). still don't like the first two tracks much.

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 15 August 2014 13:47 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

after a couple of weeks of near-obsession with this i finally played her debut b2b with it, and it really stood out how much better this is - the songwriting, mood, close-miced creepiness all so much more refined and deliberate

lex pretend, Tuesday, 2 September 2014 13:50 (1 month ago) Permalink


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