Release Date: 11 August 2014
Format: LP Vinyl
|Mirel Wagner When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day Limited Vinyl LP + MP3
· There is a defiant air of unflinching bravery in Mirel
Wagner’s carefully chosen words and the skeletal chords of
her acoustic guitar. Her songs are like smooth, polished
pebbles, thrown into a cold bottomless pond, drops of life
that set the darkness rippling.
· Squeezing the last drop of life from a worn out genre, her
acoustic balladry is as far as you'll get from clichéd coffee house folk. It has more to do with the primeval darkness of Swans than the folksy bonhomie of Bob Dylan.
· Her background couldn't be more normal: a relatively
sheltered childhood in one of the better-off suburbs of
Helsinki, teenage years spent rummaging around the blues
section of her local library, fumbling around with her
brother’s acoustic guitar. She is wary of speaking of her
Ethiopian origins (Wagner was adopted at 1½ years of age) and sees herself as Finnish. Her art is all the more
astonishing considering this cultural context, all the more
shocking in its strangeness because it stems from something so normal.
· ‘When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day’ was
recorded at Shark Reef Studios in Hailuoto by electronic
music producer Vladislav Delay (Luomo, Uusitalo). Delay
fleshes out Wagner’s sound, adding subtle production touches that give her songs a newfound vastness and gravity, while keeping the winning formula that garnered critical acclaim for her self-titled debut.
· The new album also features Academy and Grammy award
winning Scottish composer Craig Armstrong.
· LP format includes an MP3 coupon.
1. 1 2 3 4
2. The Dirt
4. Oak Tree
5. In My Father's House
6. Dreamt of a Wave
7. The Devil's Tongue
8. What Love Looks Like
9. Taller Than Tall Trees