Laura Marling's exquisite seventh album 'Song For Our Daughter' arrives almost without pre-amble or warning in the midst of uncharted global chaos, and yet instantly and tenderly offers a sense of purpose, clarity and calm.
As a balm for the soul, this full-blooded new collection could be posited as Laura's richest to date, but in truth it's another incredibly fine record by a British artist who rarely strays from delivering incredibly fine records. Taking much of the production reins herself, alongside long-time collaborators Ethan Johns and Dom Monks, Laura has layered up lush string arrangements and a broad sense of scale to these songs without losing any of the intimacy or reverence we've come to anticipate and almost take for granted from her throughout the past decade.
Marling does away with her previous record's occasional blues-rock grit and peels her sound back to its gleaming bones: pristine acoustic guitar, textural hums, a metronome click. She doesn't need much else to frame her quartz pendant of a voice, which can reach Alpine altitudes as well recall a troubadour singing through chewing tobacco.
Having taken a step back from music, Marling has returned better than ever: focused and oaky and gauzy.
Across 10 air-tight tracks, meticulously crafted and elegantly delivered, it's an absolute triumph.
A beautiful moving listen
Sweeping and tender and unfussy
- Vinyl LP
- Gatefold jacket
- Held Down
- Strange Girl
- Only The Strong
- Blow By Blow
- Song For Our Daughter
- The End Of The Affair
- Hope We Meet Again
- For You