What sets Nadler apart from her contemporaries on 'July' is her gifts for arranging and use of textures. While Nadler's acoustic guitar creates the backbone of each song here, tastefully-applied string parts and synthesizers add depth to Nadler's compositions, giving 'July' a sweeping, enveloping feeling that so many artists wish they could create.
It's very likely that we'll hear more from Marissa Nadler in the future, but 'July' still feels like an important record for her, one where everything seemed to come together the right way. It's only fair that her resourcefulness and resilience have paid off the way they do here. What could have been an album that merely showed more unfulfilled promise ended up being a triumph and one of 2014's best albums so far. It's very rare that an artist present a statement so definitive as 'July', but given who it's coming from, this album's transcendence is far from surprising.
'...a career high.' 8/10 NME
'It's a high quality she'll find it difficult to match or surpass on further endeavours. Lo-fi folk masterpiece 'Firecrackers', bearing similarities to acoustic-country heartbreaker Torres, minus electricity, will send shivers down your vertebrae.' The 405