Mirel Wagner
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Mirel Wagner

Espoo, Central Finland, Finland | INDIE

Espoo, Central Finland, Finland | INDIE
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




"from PITCHFORK, album review"

"...Mirel Wagner possesses a curious physicality both in her lyrical conjurings and in the confident agility of her guitar playing, which together sound distinctive, specific, and personal even when considered against the decades of acoustic folk music that has come before." - Pitchfork, Stephen M. Deusner

"from MOJO, UK album review, 4/5 stars"

"Chilly murder ballads (...) sparse, convincingly gothic, gender-flipping tales of the macabre (...) with just guitar and a closely miked voice, it's aimed straight at those goths among us who can't take any more long, dark nights without a new Mazzy Star album. Disturbing" - Mojo, UK,

"from THE TIMES, UK album review, 4/5 stars"

"...This album is the musical equivalent of 'The Killing', the Danish TV series that dominated 2011: unpretentious, gloomy, clever and compelling." - The Times, UK, Will Hodginson

"from UNCUT, UK album review, 4/5 stars"

"...Her songs are sparse to the point of loneliness, delivered with the diction of Leonard Cohen. (...) Stark and poetic with an echo of danger" - Uncut, UK, Allastair McKay


selftitled debut album (2011, Kioski for Skandinavia, Bone Voyage Recordings for Europe, excl. Scand. 2012 Friendly Fire Recordings for America)



Mirel Wagner is a 23 year old singer/songwriter, born in Ethiopia and raised in Espoo, Finland. Since age 16 she's writing gloomy Blues and Folk songs, stripped down to the bone. It's just about her airy but rough voice and a minimalistic guitar picking. Avoiding theatralic gestures effortlessly her music has a unique intensity and emotional weight.

The selftitled debut got released in 2011 (Kioski for Finland/Skandinavia, Bone Voyage Recordings rest of Europe) and in USA March 2012 (Fiendly Fire Recordings for America) and still receives raving praise from media, ranging from lifestyle to metal magazine. As an acoustic performing solo artist she got booked even on rock and electronic orientated festivals like Ruisrock and Flow, also she's been performing Reeperbahnfestival 2011 in Hamburg, Eurosonic Festival 2012 in Groningen, Antigel in Geneva or has played successfully the touring Festival Les Femmes S'en MĂȘlent in France .

"...really beautiful recordings and songs..." (Steve Shelley / ex-Sonic Youth on Vampire Blues)

"...Mirel Wagner is the real deal, an innovator among imitators. In a genre ridden with cliches she cuts through with the sheer the power of her lyrics and intricately fingerpicked guitar. And that voice.When I first heard her perform at an open mic night in Helsinki a few years back, it was THAT voice that blew me away. Deep and dark, it is the antithesis of how a young woman in her early twenties should sound. It has those world-weary and resigned tones that make Billie Holiday and Leonard Cohen so appealing. It sounds like the truth...." (Jean Ramsay/Rumba)