Music Dish Interview: Neo Folk Singer Rocks the World 2006

The best thing about singer songwriters who work the margins of the anti folk and indie rock worlds are that the voice and vision of the artist can dress up in different styles and dance about various genres of music, confounding the strait jacketed ears and identities of marketing people and the Geeks whose tastes …

By: Mark Kirby (Associate Writer)

Mariana Hair PicThe best thing about singer songwriters who work the margins of the anti folk and indie rock worlds are that the voice and vision of the artist can dress up in different styles and dance about various genres of music, confounding the strait jacketed ears and identities of marketing people and the Geeks whose tastes conform to their niches. Mariana Bell is one of these artists and, goddamn it, we need more of them. On her 5-song self titled EP, she weaves together musical elements as similar and diverse as indie rock, anti folk, and whatever you call the electro-tinged music that Fiona Apple and Bjork create.

Mariana blends this eclectic mix of music as honestly and naturally as she sings. As a young girl of six she began singing actual songs. “Some of my earliest memories of singing were all over the map. In school choir, we sang standard songs, hymns, Christmas music, nothing too interesting, but I remember loving being in the alto section, harmonizing to everything. I grew up around heaps of sea shanties and old civil war songs, having been dear friends with Bill Schustick since I could walk. As cliche as it sounds, ‘Waltzing Matilda’ is the first!”

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