This is one of those songs you hear and you’re lucky enough to have Shazam on your phone, thus we discovered Laura Marling. We could have easily mistaken her for Joni Mitchell. She’s poped up on the London music scene sometime around 2007 and hasn’t left. She released her debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim (2008) when she was only 17 years old and was instantly nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in the UK – an award given annually for the best album from a British or Irish artist.
Her sophomore release, I Speak Because I Can (2010), also to be released by Ribbon, is a striking collection of literary and emotional homespun tales delivered in swirls of melody. The album’s release brought her further critical acclaim including another Mercury Music Prize nomination. In 2011 Marling won the NME Award’s “Best Solo Artist” statuette as well as the hotly contended Brit Award for “Best British Female”.
Laura Marling’s third album A Creature I Don’t Know was recorded with producer Ethan Johns and features ten impeccably crafted songs which only further punctuate her extraordinary talent both as a songwriter and performer. A Creature I Don’t Know was released by Ribbon Music on Sept 13th throughout North America and can purchased on Special Edition Box Set, LP and/or CD here.
Laura Marling – The Beast (download)
Laura Marling – Sophia (download)