August 2, 2010

it’s not like i believe in everlasting love

Laura Marling RESIZED

Barely twenty years old, Laura Marling is from England and channels a young and earnest Joni Mitchell, if Joni had Mumford & Sons as her backing band (no, really, Laura does). I just started listening to Laura’s gorgeous folks songs at the beginning of the summer, very belatedly because she has everything I love.

There are certain things we can sing wholeheartedly at 20 that the older version of ourselves might obfuscate or not believe in anymore. Marling is still fresh and smart and perfect.

Ghosts – Laura Marling
(with Marcus Mumford)

Goodbye England – Laura Marling
(“and I tried to be a girl who likes to be used / I’m too good for that”)



Laura-Marling-I-Speak-Because-I-Can1I also smiled recently when Ryan Adams twittered about Laura, saying: “My god that new Laura Marling album is so insanely good. Made me feel rather insignificant at songwriting…now that is songwriting!”

Laura’s latest album I Speak Because I Can was produced by Ethan Johns, who, it’s interesting to note, also worked on several of Ryan Adams’ finest. Her album has just been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for ‘Album of the Year,’ and is thoroughly superb.

329333LEarlier this year in Nashville, Laura recorded a cover of Neil Young’s “Needle And The Damage Done” with Jack White at his uber-cool Third Man Records studio, along with a cover of a song that is much beloved in my musical lexicon – Jackson C. Frank’s “Blues Run The Game.” I cannot WAIT to hear that; it will be released on Monday (August 9th) as part of Third Man Records’ Blue Series. The 7″ is limited to 1500 copies and is available for pre-order here.

If you want to hear more from Laura, she was also on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic last week, playing songs from both her newest album and 2008′s fine Alas I Cannot Swim. Laura also travelled to India with Mumford & Sons last December, and while there they collaborated with the Rajasthani folk collective Dharohar Project. The resulting iTunes UK EP is close to transcendental.

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  • Thanks for writing about LM. I’ve been a fan for several years and just saw her for the third time last week. She’s a mesmerizing songwriter with an astonishing voice, and happily her performances are improving every time I see her. I discovered Mumford & Sons the same night I saw her the first time, and they are fantastic, too.

    teapot — August 3, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

  • Oh, yes. I heard her on World Cafe a couple of years ago and immediately bought her first album. I saw her live a couple of months ago – she is awesome. A highlight was her singing “Blues Run the Game,” so I am super excited to be able to get that cover for myself.

    Claire — August 3, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  • The ‘I speak’ album may be one of the finest that I’ve ever heard. Its got so much depth that I don’t know when all the layers will hit me. Man, what a voice.

    Ben — August 6, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  • It’s so great that ryan admas is a fan of laura’s music – because I love both their music – and laura is also a big fan of his music…
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/oct/03/popandrock1

    John — August 9, 2010 @ 5:04 am

  • thanks for that link! that’s great.

    browneheather — August 9, 2010 @ 8:51 am

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