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Mirel Wagner – “The Dirt” Video

Finnish singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner released her second album’s worth of sparse, weary folk songs today called When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day and she’s shared a video for “The Dirt.” It’s set in a bleak-looking abandoned house and follows a mother-child relationship. The clip was co-directed by Wagner and Aki Roukala. Watch… More »

By: James Rettig / August 12, 2014 - 11:24 am

Stream Mirel Wagner When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day

The Ethiopian-born Finnish folk singer Mirel Wagner makes music so grim and stark and haunted that it feels like it’s existed for a century. We made her a Band To Watch in 2012, a little while before she released her self-titled debut album, full of songs recorded in one take, with just Wagner’s voice and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 4, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Mirel Wagner – “The Dirt”

“The Dirt” is one of the most appropriate names imaginable for a Mirel Wagner song. The Ethiopian-born Finnish artist (and Band To Watch graduate) makes haunting, sepulchral folk music that sounds like it emerged from some primordial darkness. Her second album and Sub Pop debut, produced by Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay aka Luomo, i… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 16, 2014 - 12:22 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but the songs we’ve chosen to send you into the holiday weekend are uniformly dark and despairing. Strand Of Oaks and DJ Dodger Stadium turned deeply personal strokes of melancholy into two very different sorts of anthems. Tombs and Mirel Wagner evoked two distinct breeds of… More »

By: Stereogum / May 23, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Mirel Wagner – “Oak Tree” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Mirel Wagner became an Artist To Watch back in 2011 right around when she released her eponymous debut. That album contained some of the most suffocatingly dark folk music you’ll find this decade, songs filled with suicide, death, and in the case of the unshakeable “No Death,” necrophilia. Wagner recorded that album by herself o… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 20, 2014 - 10:08 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to select the rising bands which have connected them, someone wrote a long time ago. Or, something close to that. Here’s what we’re getting down to: It’s that time of year when Stereogum’s staff selects the 40 most exciting new* acts of… More »

By: Stereogum / September 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Mirel Wagner – “To The Bone” Video

The Finnish-Ethiopian BTW Mirel Wagner makes folk music so dark and spare and primal that it seems to tickle some shared collective memory of bad things happening. And in her similarly spare and mythic and heavy video for “To The Bone,” director Aki Roukala films Wagner wordlessly being pulled, repeatedly, under black water, while her… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 30, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Mirel Wagner – “Joe” Video

The Finnish-Ethiopian folk singer and BTW Mirel Wagner made an impact this year with her stark, haunted self-titled debut album. Those same qualities are on display in the video for her song “Joe.” The clip is a grainy jumble of mostly-unrelated imagery that nevertheless gels into something both pretty and deeply ominous. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2012 - 3:39 pm

The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012

Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting… More »

By: Stereogum / March 9, 2012 - 11:24 am

Mirel Wagner – “The Road” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’ve already heard “No Death,” the dark and tingly single from the Finnish/Ethiopian singer-songwriter and BTW Mirel Wagner. And below, we’ve got another song from her new self-titled album. It’s called “The Road.” Like “No Death,” it’s spare and eerie and bleak.” And like “No Death,” it’ll echo around in your skull long after it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 8, 2012 - 10:11 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2012

February’s Monthly Mix makes up for the grievous error in January’s Monthly Mix, namely having omitted Bear In Heaven’s “Reflection Of You.” No offense (none taken). That song’s great! Here it comes flowing out of Violens’ smooth and shifty new wave, and into Diplo’s bounce showcase “Express Yourself,” which in turn dives into Ceremony’s hardcore,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 23, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Band To Watch: Mirel Wagner

Mirel Wagner, a singer-songwriter born in Ethiopia and raised in Finland, is 23 years old. When she wrote “To The Bone,” the opening track from her shivery self-titled album, she was 16. But her songs sound old as dirt. With an appropriate amount of crackle and hiss, you could easily pass them off as ancient,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2012 - 11:32 am

Mirel Wagner – “No Death”

Mirel Wagner is a young singer-songwriter who was born in Ethiopia and raised in Finland, which is an interesting combination. Last year, her self-titled debut album came out in Europe, and it’ll get a release over here in March. Below, listen to and watch the video for “No Death,” a still and stunning acoustic song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 31, 2012 - 4:46 pm