Mirel Wagner / Jenine Irabagon
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Mirel Wagner's acoustic balladry is more reminiscent of the primeval darkness of Swans than of Bob Dylan. Raised in a quiet suburb of Helsinki, Finland, her background couldn't be more conventional, but the nine songs of her self-titled debut distill the very essence of the blues. Her second album, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, is a cohesive set of songs written in a log cabin on the peninsula of Hailuoto in northern Finland. It traces the melody absentmindedly, at times playful and at other times chilling.
Jenine Irabagon is an emerging folk artist currently based in Boston. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Irabagon began her career as a jazz and classical instrumentalist before discovering her passion for songwriting. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s and Bob Dylan, she developed a captivating collection of folk songs, discussing topics that leave a big impression on the first-time listener. As 2014 comes to a close, she is hard at work writing new music and has plans for a debut EP due out in late 2015.
Watch Wagner's video for "Oak Tree" from her forthcoming album: