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Mirel Wagner Performs Haunting Ballads Live On KEXP

Ethiopian-born Finnish folk singer Mirel Wagner performs haunting ballads off 'When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day' live at KEXP.


While on tour in Seattle last month in support of her stunning new album When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, Ethiopian-born Finnish folk singer Mirel Wagner stopped by KEXP to spin her haunting ballads live on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters. Wagner, who signed earlier this year with Seattle's iconic Sub Pop, performed four songs off the record, including album openers "1 2 3 4" and "The Dirt" plus "What Love Looks Like" and "Taller Than Tall Trees." Speaking on the role of sadness in her work, Wagner recently told us:

"There’s nothing sort of wrong with melancholy. Sadness is sort of like pathetic and sort of boring. But it’s all human emotion. I find wonderful the feedback that I get when I write and perform and record these kinds of songs. Some people come to me and tell me that they can relate to these songs, and first what you sort of think is, “Oh, these songs are sad,” and so on. But the amount of people who feel that they can connect and feel while listening to these songs tells that these songs and themes, this sort of discussion, is important and necessary for people."

When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is out now on Sub Pop. Watch Mirel Wagner perform four songs off the album below. For more from KEXP catch Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers play live in studio.

>>>Read: ‘But It’s All Human Emotion,’ An Interview With Mirel Wagner

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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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