Marissa Nadler Unveils Video for New Song ‘If I Could Breathe Underwater’

    Marissa Nadler has released a new song called ‘If I Could Breathe Underwater’. The track is lifted from her upcoming LP Path of the Cloudswhich was announced last month with the single ‘Bessie, Did You Make It?’. Check out the music video for ‘If I Could Breathe Underwater’, directed by Jenni Hensler, below.

    “When I wrote ‘If I Could Breathe Underwater,’ I was contemplating the possibilities of possessing various superhuman powers: teleportation, shapeshifting, energy projection, aquatic breathing, extrasensory perception, and time travel to name a few,” Nadler explained in a statement. “As a lyrical device, I married those powers with events in my life, wondering if and how they could change the past or predict the future. I loved working on the melody for this song and bringing the choruses to their climaxes. Mary’s layered, hallucinatory shimmers really echo the netherworld of the story.”

    Hensler added: “This song took on many meanings to me and I love that about it. How beauty and tragedy collide. Dreaming of having supernatural powers to change reality and have the ability to live and breathe underwater. It could also speak to the duality of existence. That we all have inner personas or shadow selves, and how we envision those different masks we wear. I chose to make something that touched on the idea of duality and the inner persona. To connect to the two worlds.”

    The Path of the Clouds arrives October 29 via Sacred Bones/Bella Union.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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