If you’re a fan of Marisa Anderson’s work, then you know that she has an amazing ability to convey the complexities of the human experience through composition. Her newest release, Still, Here, is no exception. Each piece on the album reveals a new aspect of Anderson as a player and as a human being navigating the path laid before her. If you’re looking for an alchemical salve, look no further than Marisa Anderson’s Still, Here.
I first met Marisa at Ladies Rock Camp in Portland, OR in 2008. Ladies Rock Camp is a fundraiser for Girls Rock Camp, and it is a very fun long weekend where you get instrument instruction, and then write an original song during the weekend, and perform it at a concert at the end of the weekend. I’ve been following Marisa’s career ever since I met here there.
Still, Here is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication on Marisa Anderson’s part. She first came onto the scene as a member of the country-folk outfit The Dolly Ranchers. Since then, she has also been involved with the improvisational ensemble Evolutionary Jass Band. But it’s her solo work that has really made her stand out from the crowd.
Her 2006 release, Holiday Motel was critically acclaimed and helped establish her as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
She has an extensive discography, and has guest recorded on numerous collaborations. Here most listened to albums are Mercury, and Into the Light.
And now, with Still, Here, she is cementing her position as one of the most talented guitarists and composers out there. If you’re considering buying the album, I would say that it is definitely worth your time and money.
The album is available in CD and vinyl format. The vinyl is in a pretty blue color, and is recommended for enthusiasts with a turntable for that rich acoustic sound.
Still, Here Tracks
In Dark Water
In this instrumental track (all of the tracks are instrumental), the dark and moody minor finger picking with piano accompaniment really sets the stage for what is to come. Anderson’s use of space is impeccable, and the song ebbs and flows in a way that feels both organic and natural.
The First This Time
This song was written during the riots after George Floyd’s death, and has ominous repeated guitar notes punctuated by slide guitar. It is a very powerful song, and at times discordant and jarring, but always beautiful.
The Low Country
This slow song is a very pretty and wistful sounding song. The slide guitar lends a touch of Americana, while the acoustic guitar provides a haunted feeling. This song will definitely stay with you long after you’ve listened to it.
This is my favorite track on the album. It is a very beautiful and ethereal sounding song. The piano accompaniment is gorgeous, and Anderson’s guitar playing is angelic. This track will definitely give you chills.
The slow guitar picking in this song is very hypnotic. The song gradually builds in interest, and by the end, you will be completely entranced. This is a perfect song to fall asleep to.
The Crack Where the Light Gets In
This upbeat song is positive and hopeful sounding, and will leave you feeling inspired.
Beat The Drum Slowly
The final track is a very pretty and peaceful sounding song. It is a perfect way to end the album, and will leave you feeling calm and content.
I highly recommend Marisa Anderson’s Still, Here to anyone who is looking for beautiful and introspective music. This album is a true work of art, and I believe that it will stand the test of time. Thank you, Marisa, for sharing your gift with the world. You can buy all of her albums at her bandcamp: Music | Marisa Anderson (bandcamp.com)
Marisa is currently on tour, and will be playing in Portland:
Oct. 23 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios click here for tickets
For the rest of her tour dates, check out SHOWS — Marisa Anderson (marisaandersonmusic.com)
In conclusion, I would highly recommend Marisa Anderson’s new album, Still, Here. It is the perfect introduction to her work for those who are not familiar with it. And for fans of her previous work, it is a must-have addition to your collection. Thank you for taking the time to read this review and I hope you enjoy the album as much as I did.