Laura Marling
March 20, 2013 5:45 PM   Subscribe

Singer-songwriter Laura Marling will release her latest album, Once I Was an Eagle, this May. She's shared a first song off of it, "Where Can I Go?"

This will be the fourth LP unassumingly put out by 23-year-old Marling, who cut her teeth in London's vibrant indie folk scene.

Some of her songs sound rooted in the folk music traditions of the British Isles; others hearken back more, maybe, to Joni Mitchell and peers; still others feel right at home alongside Marling's folk-pop contemporaries.

She's collaborated on performances and tracks with Johnny Flynn, Ryan Adams, Mystery Jets, Rajasthan's Dharohar Project, Mumford and Sons, and Noah and the Whale.

(Previously on MeFi.)
posted by threeants (11 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I love Laura Marling. Thanks.
posted by Miko at 7:04 PM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

She's so talented that it really was nigh on impossible to choose links to tracks. Might as well have thrown darts at a dartboard, practically!
posted by threeants at 7:15 PM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Her style is slightly different, but a lot of what I like about Laura Marling is also what I like about Caroline Herring. Marling's work is a little darker-toned, but there's something about the warm immediacy of both their voices, and their stripped-down production styles, that goes well together.
posted by Miko at 7:24 PM on March 20, 2013

I clicked "rooted" and "folk music" and was all hey, I like her, neat. Then I clicked "traditions" and I was all Wow damn! and I ran off to buy some music. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 7:52 PM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Just realized, from rtha's post, that I should have provided this for reference in the FPP, but here's a list of the songs linked (none the studio versions-- figured I'd avoid redunding what you'll hear when you, inevitably, buy the albums) in the "Some of her songs..." sentence, in order:

Blackberry Stone (Alas, I Cannot Swim)
All My Rage (A Creature I Don't Know)
Devil's Spoke (I Speak Because I Can)
Rambling Man (I Speak Because I Can)

Sophia (A Creature I Don't Know)
I Was Just a Card (A Creature I Don't Know)
I Speak Because I Can (I Speak Because I Can)

Ghosts (Alas, I Cannot Swim)
Cross Your Fingers (Alas, I Cannot Swim)
Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) (I Speak Because I Can)
My Friends (A Creature I Don't Know)
My Manic and I (Alas, I Cannot Swim)

I can't remember if threadsitting is a thing on the blue...
posted by threeants at 8:08 PM on March 20, 2013

You're not threadsitting, don't worry. Thanks again for introducing me to her music!
posted by rtha at 8:10 PM on March 20, 2013

Yep. Laura Marling is great. Thanks for this!
posted by schmod at 8:45 PM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

Woo-hoo! Rambling Man converted me but I think she gets better and better with each album - which bodes well for the upcoming one! Thanks for the heads-up and the link!
posted by Athanassiel at 8:54 PM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]

Love love this. I spent the summer of 2011 listening to Alas, I Cannot Swim (especially Ghosts, My Manic And I and The Captain And The Hourglass) on a loop. It was a fairly stressful moment in my life, and listening to those songs gives me both mild anxiety and an incredibly comforting feeling.
posted by third word on a random page at 1:16 AM on March 21, 2013 [1 favorite]

There's also New Romantic from before her first album. She's 17 years old in that video. Amazing.
posted by Nossidge at 2:27 AM on March 21, 2013

Saw her on tour last year with Andrew Bird. Utterly charming and wonderful singer/song writer.
posted by backwords at 8:33 AM on March 21, 2013

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