The new album from Laura Marling is landing! Semper Femina, her sixth full-length, shows off a mature talent and a confident creativity: these songs are intimate and complex and full of sharp details that will make you look twice. Released as a CD, single LP or as a deluxe double LP edition (now sold out!), which bolsters Semper Femina with bonus live material. On More Alarming Records.
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Having not previously been a fan of Laura Marling (other than her hair on her second album) I was struck almost dumb by the first track on this her sixth missive. ‘Soothing’ is a lovely fully orchestrated slab of dark folk that has something of Nick Drake, much of Sandy Denny and a soupçon of David Sylvian. Marling has fully embraced her folk leanings here with warm and woody double bass, brushed percussion and plucked acoustic guitar under Marling’s lovely soft voice the opening tracks here show a real move on from the winsome folk of yore.
Her voice really seems to have matured which lends the songs added gravitas and which combined with the watery folk influenced arrangements showcases an artist slowly coming of age. Aptly coming in the week of International Women’s Day (screams of tokenism right?...right?) this album explored femininity and female relationships and does so in a warm and classy manner. Fans of Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny, Pentangle and Shirley Collins need to seriously consider Marling as a folk inspired songwriter of some regard.
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