August 2, 2011

Darling Marling

With a little bit of country twang in her soft voice, harmonies that haunt you, and melodies that stay inside your head for days, it's no wonder Laura Marling has already steadily secured her position as one of the most exciting musical talents of her generation.
Since her emergence onto the London music scene back in 2007, this Brit bird has been quite the busy bee, except for 2009, releasing an album every year. As part of a very youthful and vibrant folk scene, she quickly rose to prominence along with friends Mystery JetsNoah & The WhaleMumford & Sons, Jamie T and Johnny Flynn, among others.

1. Noah & The Whale - 5 Years Time
2. Johnny Flynn - The Water
3. Mumford & Sons - Devil's Spoke
4. Mystery Jets - Young Love

When she debuted in 2008 with Alas, I Cannot Swim, the resounding notion was that she was not only a strong songwriter but also wise beyond her years. I mean, she wrote the album when she was only 17 years old. And now, at age 21, she is readying her third album, A Creature I Don't Know. Originally proposed as the latter half of a vastly ambitious plan to release two full-length albums inside of a year, the follow-up to I Speak Because I Can will finally see the light of day on September 12, after the singer ditched half of the songs and started from scratch.

This forthcoming album bears all Marling's trademarks within ten impeccably crafted lyrics and soaring melodies. I'm sure she's going to send shivers  down your spine after listening to  her first new single, Sofia.
The track starts slowly and her voice goes from delicate and tender whisper to brooding and powerful murmur with a rousing crescendo, sometimes all in the very same sentence.

Listen now to get a sneak peak at the new release and tune in to more of Laura Marling's music at Spotify


For those interested in gossip, keep reading.

Before Laura Marling was a solo singer-songwriter, she was a backing singer with Noah & The Whale. She started singing with the quintet after Emmy the Great left. Back then she was dating the lead singer and guitarist, Charlie Fink, who also produced her debut album. Their relationship ended shortly afterwards, and Noah & The Whale released their own sophomore LP called The First Days of Spring, which explicitly documents Fink's heartbreak. Meanwhile, Marling started dating Marcus Mumford, of Mumford & Sons, who played on her follow-up album, I Speak Because I Can. As far as it seems, they are still living happily ever after.  Looks like they broke up over half a year ago.

She seems to be the poster girl for England's nu-folk movement, huh?


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