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This Ethiopia-born, Finland-raised artist makes music that's bewitching and haunting, the songs of a soul older than her 23 years. The chilling effect of Wagner’s lovely, trance-like voice (stripped of emotion while describing a dying lover’s cold limbs or the devil's red eyes) is accompanied by spare, blues–inspired acoustic guitar picking; it's powerfully evocative. Wagner’s tales are both lulling and harrowing; they feel as if the souls of Leonard Cohen, Robert Johnson, and PJ Harvey have all left their vessels (well, one has been long vacated) and planted themselves inside Wagner for a visit. “When they find me in the river/tell my mother I was a good boy,” she intones gently on “Joe,” whose subject describes feeling “light as a leaf/an angel holding hands with me” as he stares down his imminent death. Wagner wrote the brooding “To the Bone” as a teenager in Finland: “Your love drags me down/like the clothes when you swim/down, deeper down/like the roots of old trees.” Breathtakingly beautiful and admirably outré, Wagner's an artist in the best sense of the word

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What an amazing singer!


She has an amazing, deep, jazzy voice and her lyrics, if a bit dark, will send shivers down your spine.


Remember when MTV used to do those MTV Unplugged shows? Playing songs acoustically really showed which artists had true grit, which ones actually had musical talent and were not studio bands. Mirel Wagner's songs on this CD are as stripped down as they can get...and they are at once powerful and haunting. It says a lot when she can grab your full attention with a simple strum of a string and her voice slightly above a whisper. Just listen to "No Death" to see for yourself. Oh, but keep a blanket handy, as your gonna get chills.


Born: December 3, 1987 in Ethiopia

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '10s

Singer/songwriter Mirel Wagner's gothic folk recalls a rich tradition of brooding lyricists from Billie Holiday to Leonard Cohen to Hope Sandoval while crafting a sound uniquely her own. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Espoo, Finland, Wagner first took up music at age seven, learning to play violin; by 13 she switched to guitar and three years later began writing songs. "To the Bone," the opening track from her debut record, represents one of those early works. Jean Ramsay, an American journalist...
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