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NonCOMM recap: Laura Marling delivers soothing, soulful performance

Laura goshdang Marling.

If I had one tiny bit of an even an ounce of her vocal talent, I’d be one happy soul. Or her songwriting skills, I’d take that too. Or her complete coolness would be nice also. Basically, what I’m saying is that I think I want to be Laura Marling.

Sadly, that cannot happen. But, seeing her perform live is a close second. After a hearty introduction from Bob Boilen, Marling and crew swan-dived right into debut single, “Soothing,” off of her latest album, Semper Femina. Continue reading →

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Hear Laura Marling discuss and play tracks from Semper Femina in her new interview with World Cafe

Laura Marling | courtesy of the artist
Laura Marling | courtesy of the artist

Next Friday, English singer/songwriter Laura Marling will drop her sixth studio album Semper Femina following 2015’s Short Movie. In anticipation, she sat down with World Cafe’s Talia Schlanger to discuss the record and perform stunning renditions of some of its tracks. Stream the whole thing below via NPR. Continue reading →

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Laura Marling shares new video for “Next Time” via NPR Music First Watch

Laura Marling | courtesy of the artist
Laura Marling | courtesy of the artist

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.

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Hear Laura Marling slow burn on new single “Wild Fire,” see her at the TLA in May

Laura Marling | courtesy of the artist
Laura Marling | courtesy of the artist

Last November, UK singer/songwriter Laura Marling shared “Soothing”, the sensual lead single from her upcoming sixth album, Semper Femina. She continues that trend with “Wild Fire”, which sees Marling sounding more confident in voice and arrangement than ever before. Stream the track below.

Where “Soothing” hinges on its prominent bassline and spacious, clacking percussion, “Wild Fire” sees the acoustic guitar return to center stage. The track has an undeniable warmth to it that brings to mind songwriters of the 70s, especially during its hooks, where she soulfully stretches out the “me’s” and “free’s” at the ends of phrases. Similar to “Soothing”, gender and sexuality are prime topics of discussion, but “Wild Fire” doesn’t feel like a cut-and-dry protest song. Rather, it explores these themes more subtly through specific, personal experience, opting for an open dialogue with the listener over a definitive proclamation. Choosing not to engage in that dialogue would be their loss, but even still, they would be treated to one hell of a slow jam. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Laura Marling, CRX and more!

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Monday nights mean new music discovery on XPN!  After a long weekend we have some more things to be thankful for and they come in the form of new music.  One of our favorite singer-songwriters preps a new album and we’ll have first listen.  Also on the player tonight, from the vaults, we’ll play a previously unreleased song from Prince and dig into the side-project from one of the members of The Strokes.

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A duet of brilliance, Laura Marling and Johnny Flynn enchanted at Union Transfer

Laura Marling / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Laura Marling | Photo by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I’ve known Johnny since I was 16,” Laura Marling laughed as her tourmate Johnny Flynn picked up the violin to join her onstage. “And we both look exactly the same.”

Saturday night, Union Transfer was host for a delightful evening with these two icons of modern British folk. Joined by emerging UK singer songwriter Marika Hackman, the night was filled with an enchanting performance of raw images and old memories. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laura Marling at Union Transfer, Grimace Federation at Kung Fu Necktie, Joni Mitchell Tribute at First Baptist Church and more

Laura Marling | Photo via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lauramarling
Laura Marling | Photo via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lauramarling

UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling released her fifth album, Short Movie, back in March and her tour in support of it brings her to Union Transfer tonight. Johnny Flynn and Marika Hackman open the all ages show; more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, download “Howl” from Marling’s appearance on World Cafe. Continue reading →

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Listen to Laura Marling’s new album Short Movie, see her at Union Transfer August 1st

Photo via Laura Marling Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lauramarling)
Laura Marling | photo via facebook.com/lauramarling

25-year-old English singer/songwriter Laura Marling just released her fifth full-length album, Short Movie. The self-produced 13-track LP explores an electric side of Marling’s music after she took a self-proclaimed gap year to travel and discover where she stood in terms of her music career. You can stream Short Movie in it’s entirety here and check out her live performance of the album’s third track, “I Feel Your Love”, below. Laura Marling will be coming to Philadelphia to play at Union Transfer on August 1st. Find tickets and more information by heading over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →