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Into the Light

by Marisa Anderson

Fluid, emotional, and masterful, featuring compositions and improvisations that re-imagine the landscape of American music, ‘Into the Light’ is shimmering and cinematic, the pieces built around pedal steel, lap steel, electric guitar and electric piano .
Genre: Avant Garde: Avant-Americana
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1. Into the Light
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2. In Waves
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3. Waltz of Shadows
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4. The Old Guard
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5. He Is Without His Guns
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6. Chimes
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7. Resurrection
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8. House of the Setting Sun
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9. The Golden West
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10. End of the Night
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National Public Radio says Marisa Anderson’s playing “exposes and hides the mysteries of American music”. Pitchfork calls her recent record, ‘Mercury’, ”Brilliant” and Wire Magazine says, “Her sound has strength in restless variety…Anderson’s playing is heartfelt and utterly American, free from grandstanding and steeped in respect for the old tradition.”Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Her playing is fluid, emotional, and masterful, featuring compositions and improvisations that re-imagine the landscape of American music. Her deeply original work applies elements of minimalism, electronic music, drone and 20th century classical music to compositions based on blues, jazz, gospel and country music.

Originally from Northern California, but residing in Portland Oregon for the past 17 years, Anderson dropped out of college at age nineteen to walk across the US. Classically trained, she honed her skills playing in country, jazz and circus bands. In 2009 she released her first solo guitar record, ‘The Golden Hour’, followed by ‘Mercury’ (2011) and ‘Traditional and Public Domain Songs’ (2013). More recently, she has been in demand as a collaborator and composer, contributing to recordings by Beth Ditto and Sharon Van Etten, and creating music for short films.

On her newest release, ‘Into the Light’ Anderson leaves Appalachia and the Delta blues behind as she journeys west, into the heart of the sun. Written as the soundtrack to an imaginary science-fiction western film, the record’s ten songs trace the story of a visitor lost and wandering on the shifting borderlands of the Sonoran desert. ‘Into the Light’ is shimmering and cinematic, the pieces built around pedal steel, lap steel and electric piano as well as Anderson’s signature guitar sound.

Anderson tours extensively throughout Europe and North America. She has provided guitar work for multiple recordings, soundtracks and live shows. Recent festival appearances include the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Sweden’s Gagnef Festival, Fano Free Folk Festival, Le Guess Who, and the Festival of Endless Gratitude.
Anderson’s music has been featured on soundtracks including, ‘For the Love of Dolly’, ‘Girls Rock’ and ‘Gift To Winter’. Her writings on music and activism have appeared in Bitch Magazine, Leaf Litter, and in Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, the book.

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