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Laura Marling Shares ‘Soothing’ Of Her Upcoming Album, ‘Semper Femina’

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Laura Marling

 

I saw British folk singer and songwriter Laura Marling three times over the years, and each time she was in full control of her work and performance. Always center stage, either alone or with a full band, she definitively was in charge. So it’s not a surprise to hear that Marling did a series of podcasts called ‘Reversal of the Muse’, as the FADER pointed out. And if this sounds like a full program, just based on the title, it is one which explores the difficult experience of women in the music industry, a domain still very much dominated by male culture. Labeled, ‘An exploration of femininity in creativity, the podcast has already invited HAIM, Karen Elson, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris among others.

The place of women in music and the universal themes of gender and sexuality are also the center of Laura Marling’s upcoming album ‘Semper Femina’, which will be released on her own label More Alarming Records, on March 10th.

‘I started out writing ‘Semper Femina’ as if a man was writing about a woman,’ she told The FADER. ‘And then I thought it’s not a man, it’s me — I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them and by proxy towards myself.’ And no Marling is not doing her coming-out, although many of you will probably think so.

She has shared ‘Soothing’, the first song of her forthcoming LP, and it’s a very slow and very sensual one, accompanied by an equally sensual video that she directed herself. Laura’s great and nuanced voice may be the only thing that sounds familiar, all the rest looks utterly new, as the music is drifting far away from her folk debuts. ‘Soothing’ is a languid and intense tune filled with moving strings – can you hear this Radiohead vibe in these strings? – mastered by a jazzy and obsessive bass line following every contortion of these two female bodies, wrapped in red and black latex and wrestling on white sheets. ‘Oh, my hopeless wanderer/You can’t come in/You don’t live here anymore’ croons Laura during this mysterious dance, a cryptic choreography on a bed, ending in fetal 69 positions, with all these people watching in the background.

Watch this super sexy video with weird imagery, that could be a sort of very artsy wet dream.

3 Comments

  1. Eric on December 3, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Who is the BASS player on this song?

    • Matt on January 18, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      It seems like it is Nick Pini, who played bass on her previous record.

    • Matt on January 18, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      It seems like it is Nick Pini, who played on her previous album.

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