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Laura Marling Announces Imminent Release Of New Album 'Song For Our Daughter'

Monday, 06 April 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Justin Tyler Close

Laura Marling will release a new album this week.

The follow-up to 2017's 'Semper Femina' is called 'Song For Our Daughter' and will arrive April 10 via Chrysalis/Partisan. She self-produced the record alongside longtime collaborators Ethan Johns and Dom Monks. 

Discussing the decision to release the album early, Marling said:

“My new album ‘Song For Our Daughter’ is coming out this week, ahead of our planned schedule. In light of the change to all our circumstances, I saw no reason to hold back on something that, at the very least, might entertain, and at its best, provide some sense of union.

“It’s strange to watch the facade of our daily lives dissolve away, leaving only the essentials; those we love and our worry for them. An album, stripped of everything that modernity and ownership does to it, is essentially a piece of me, and I’d like for you to have it. I’d like for you, perhaps, to hear a strange story about the fragmentary, nonsensical experience of trauma and an enduring quest to understand what it is to be a woman in this society. When I listen back to it now, it makes more sense to me then when I wrote it. My writing, as ever, was months, years, in front of my conscious mind. It was there all along, guiding me gently through the chaos of living. And that, in itself, describes the sentiment of the album - how would I guide my daughter, arm her and prepare her for life and all of its nuance? I’m older now, old enough to have a daughter of my own, and I feel acutely the responsibility to defend The Girl. The Girl that might be lost, torn from innocence prematurely or unwittingly fragmented by forces that dominate society. I want to stand behind her and whisper in her ear all the confidences and affirmations I had found so difficult to provide myself. This album is that strange whisper; a little distorted, a little out of sequence, such is life.

“I want you to have it.” 

Head below to check out the record's artwork and first single, Held Down, an upbeat folk-rock track dominated by interweaving vocal melodies.

Marling was due to tour her new material across the US, UK and Europe, but postponed the upcoming shows due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. New dates are due to be announced soon.


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