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Laura Marling Talks About Her New Album (Not To Us, Of course)

Fear And Loathing In LA

Fear And Loathing In LA

I love Laura Marling but I must admit to being less than thrilled over her interview with Ucut about her March release new album Short Movie. Short Movie (where are the five word album titles???) has a real problem. Simply put, it can’t be as good as her last album. Even if there was a four song suite to open it as great as the one on Once I Was An Eagle, it wouldn’t be a surprise any more. So, yeah, a bummer even if all the songs I’ve heard off it have been great.

So, Laura spoke about the album with Uncut and we are gonna take some of the quotes.
“America induces this fear in me. It’s so vast and so complicated. I feel like I’m here as a weird voyeur, watching it in a really strange way to make sense of it. Like the landscape of the desert, then you go four hours further north and you’re in the lush mountainous forests. You feel dwarfed by the country, which I don’t think I felt in England. So quite a lot of the record is about that.”

“I wrote the record on electric guitar, I play electric like I do acoustic. It’s not gonna be groundbreaking. I’ve managed to resist the EDM!”

“One interesting thing in the way we recorded the album was me and Matt did all of the takes, all in a row, then we got the strings in and we did two blind takes with them. We told them the key and where the chords were going. Then we panned the strings left and right, so they sounded like strange background noise. Then there’s a melodic take where they were more accustomed to the songs.

“My idea was to have metallic, urban sound. Living where I’ve been living, there’s always a fucking helicopter, there’s always the sound of a city behind you. So I wanted to have that weird background disturbance all the way through the record.”

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