Laura Marling has shared a new video for “Next Time,” the latest track we’re hearing from her forthcoming Semper Femina LP. It follows earlier songs “Wild Fire” and “Soothing” with a hushed guitar and gently-swelling orchestral arrangement surrounding the UK singer/songwriter’s intimate vocals, which are reminscent of Karen Carpenter at times. NPR Music has the premiere of the video in their First Watch series here.
In the opening frames of the video, we find ourselves in an antiquated but beautifully lush bedroom with a woman gazing out of a floor-to-ceiling length window, like she’s longing to be out there but is stuck in here. She begins exploring the room: touching the ornate mantel and mirror above a fireplace, dancing through the space, and pouring a white sand-like powder on the ground like a safe-making ritual reminiscent of The Little Princess. Though she is apparently trapped, she seems to find a different kind of freedom when she begins to interact with the room and its contents.
The clip marks Marling’s second stint holding the directorial reins, following her debut in that role with last year’s “Soothing” video. She tells NPR Music:
“I’ve never been inclined to give visual representation to my music personally. So to give my lucid dreaming quality to this, which is where I get a lot of imagery from, to give that form, was an amazing experience.”
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