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Mirel Wagner


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Young singer-songwriter, Mirel Wagner makes ominous blues folk stripped bare. You don’t want to listen to Wagner’s stories, filled with death, self-destruction, sin, deep lakes and dark woods, alone in the dark. The soundscape of Mirel’s quiet singing and a single acoustic guitar is wonderfully bare and intensive. Wagner has no doubt been influenced by Hope Sandoval, Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, but doesn’t sound exactly like any of them.


“Songwriting can hardly be more minimalistic, no-frills, more strict as Mirel
Wagner’s sparse music,” wrote German Spex magazine, quite right.

Mirel Wagner was born in Ethiopia, and grew up in peaceful conditions in Espoo, Finland.
The family name leads back to a German great-grandfather. At age 7 she was given violin
lessons, at 13 she switched to guitar and at 16 she wrote her first songs (“To The Bone”, the
album opener, is one of those early tunes) After a while she dared to join open mic events in
Helsinki. People were surprised, interested and seemed to like it.

Jean Ramsay, an American music journalist living in Finland, came across her at one of these
sessions. He was particularly convinced of her talent, raved about her in an early article and
recommended her to others. So, without producing a demo and contacting record labels, she
found herself sitting in a real recording studio. Aki Roukala, a photographer and friend of


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