With the air of a summer's day behind her, Laura Marling had no trouble using a nylon string guitar to recreate lush folk arrangements. Her troubadour sound is rooted in English folk and poetic lyricism, the perfect complement to a warm day in the outside gardens. Marling's mysticism started in the same place as juggernauts like Mumford and Sons, playing small clubs in England. And like her contemporaries, Marling's music is as sincere, mysterious, and infused with a trembling momentum. Watch Marling spin stripped down songs from her most recent LP, A Creature I Don't Know, and find yourself unstuck in sound and space, hypnotized by her poetic balladry.
British singer, songwriter and guitarist Laura Marling will release her third album A Creature I Don't Know on Ribbon Music in September 2011. Since her emergence onto the London music scene in 2007 Laura Marling has been quietly securing her position as one of the most exciting musical talents of her generation.
Recorded with producer Ethan Johns (who also helmed her acclaimed sophomore album I Speak Because I Can), A Creature I Don't Know is a boldly accomplished and endlessly impressive album. 10 original compositions of intricate and captivating story telling, buoyed by Marling's rich voice, evocative lyrics and the precise, confident instrumentation on every track. Marling's delivery is pitch perfect, her voice going from delicate whisper to brooding murmur and rousing wail, sometimes all in the very same sentence.
John's production is the perfect showcase for her remarkable gifts, pulling back to give a stark spotlight to her stunning voice before surging forth with a rollicking live band feel. Fans of Marling's previous recordings will recognize her mesmeric tales and soaring melodies in what is ultimately an incredibly intimate album.
Laura Marling's debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim - written and recorded when she was just 17 years old - received international attention and won comparisons to folk icons like Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny. As part of a very youthful and vibrant British folk scene she quickly rose to prominence along with friends Noah and The Whale, Johnny Flynn, Mumford and Sons and Jamie T. Alas was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in the UK, an award given annually for the best album from a British or Irish artist. She was 18.
Her sophomore release, I Speak Because I Can (2010), was a striking collection of literary and emotional homespun tales delivered in swirls of melody. The album's release brought her further critical acclaim and significant success. Along with another Mercury Music Prize nomination, 2011 saw Marling winning the NME Award's "Best Solo Artist" statuette as well as the hotly contended Brit Award (Grammy equivalent) for "Best British Female", an title previously bestowed upon the likes of Duffy, Amy Winehouse and KT Tunstall.