Marisa Anderson‘s bio states that her musical style is “inspired by 20th century classical and West African guitar techniques.” That might sound like a broad swath of influences, but its not surprising when you listen to Anderson’s incredibly diverse discography. Over the past decade, the lauded folk guitarist has released a trove of material that touches on sounds ranging from jazz to country. She’s also contributed instrumentation to songs by pop and rock artists like Mirah, Sharon Van Etten and Beth Ditto and has worked on nearly a dozen film scores – most notably the critically acclaimed Debra Granik film “Leave No Trace,” which was set in Portland and filmed in both Multnomah and nearby Clackamas county.
The Portlander joined Banana Stand Media for an intimate living room performance last spring where she played this version of “Sanctuary.” It’s a beautiful electric folk composition featuring slide guitar and subtle – but precise – finger picking broken up by short bursts of silence that give the song an ethereal quality. The track appears on her newest album, “Cloud Corner,” which is out on Thrill Jockey Records.
“Sanctuary” was recorded May 15th, 2018, in Portland, OR by Banana Stand Media. The video was shot and edited by Darren Hartman. Audio for this video was recorded and mixed by Matt Thomson.