On Laura Marling’s wikipedia page, it mentioned that she has a small pile of unreleased songs that she sings live, and that most of them are on YouTube. I’m sure she has a lot more–the time I saw her live around 6 months ago, she sang a few songs that were not released yet (a few ended up on her new album this week). As I was hinting at in my last post, she’s an extremely talented songwriter. And any good songwriter will have songs stored away, songs tested and shelved, songs being worked on.
A good choice for our first Stuck In A Groove artist, I first learned of Laura Marling on a recommendation from our blog host Breathmint around the time of her debut album 3 years ago. Her talent was immediately obvious:
Marling’s first two albums (Alas I Cannot Swim & I Speak Because I Can) displayed her ability to write songs and melodies that sounded extremely natural, but were not necessarily simple. Only the best songwriters have that ability, and she was there right away. And her voice! Marling’s sound, while wrapped in an older folk music language, still felt like it was solely her own. She’s not the first folk musician to do these things, but somehow it feels like she is.
But to top all that off, she’s only 22. She’s still an artist learning, and presumably figuring things out. I was reading an interview with her earlier today and she described her songwriting as “vomiting emotion on to a melody.” But that has to underplay the depths she must go in order to get these songs? Doesn’t it?
But I won’t lie, as much as I enjoy her albums so far, I feel like Marling has yet to do her masterpiece. But anyone who writes songs as good as this one surely will eventually:
Her third album came out just this week and I’m still processing it so I won’t refer to it too much during my Stuck In A Groove posts, but I will say that it contains some subtle changes, and there are a few stunning tracks.
We are announcing a new feature here at NP: Stuck In A Groove.
Every so often, we will pick an artist, and we will then write or share whatever we feel like writing or sharing about that artist. There is no set schedule, no set template for what will be included. But the hope is that there will be 3 or 4 posts (at least) for each artist before we move on to another one. It is just a way to get us sharing more than just mixes, and to take a look at them with hopefully a bit of depth.
If anyone reading has any requests or suggestions of artists for us to take a look at, let us know. They can be old or new, popular or obscure. Me, I like the idea of checking out artists that I don’t know for this; or even artists I don’t particularly like and have to dig into and try to find something good to talk about. 🙂
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