After the release of “Once I Was an Eagle,” English singer/songwriter Laura Marling decided to seek peaceful refuge after the spotlight existence she experienced while consistently recording, touring and writing for eight straight years. Seeking anonymity among the chaos in her new home in L.A., she contemplated her nomadic lifestyle and attempted to redirect her life. The effects of this life-changing discovery could be heard on her newest album, “Short Movie,” which she performed at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday.
With a musical style unique to someone as young as Marling – she is just 25—she’s achieved esteemed award nominations and accolades along with praise from some of the harshest music critics in the industry since the release of her debut album, “Alas, I Cannot Swim,” in 2008. Switching from acoustic to electric on some of the 13 tracks of her new recording, “Short Movie,” Marling was actually headed straight to the studio immediately after her last tour when she realized the need to stop and reset.
“I literally rolled out of the van and into the studio, a decision made by my own stubbornness,” said Marling. “And then I just stopped cold turkey. I realized that I hadn’t been in a place for longer than two or three weeks since I was 16. I thought, ‘I wonder what will happen if I try and root myself somewhere? Look back over the past eight years.’”
“Short Movie,” evokes folk rock nuances and songwriting skills reminiscent of heroes like Dylan, Hynde and Young. Featuring spectacular acoustic guitar work, her once cryptic lyricism has evolved into declarations of what happens when submitting oneself to such intense introspection. Whether spewing sarcasm about cheating love on the bluesy “Strange” or vocalizing the self-doubt that led to her quarter-life existential crisis, which in turn resulted in newfound empowerment on “Don’t Let Me Bring You Down,” the entire album is, no doubt, a significant indicator of how deep such a young artist can delve and the infinite poetic and musical possibilities such self-observation can produce.
“Short Movie,” was recorded at Urchin Studios in London and engineered by Matt Ingram and Dan Cox. The album features Ruth De Turberville, Nick Pini and Tom Fiddle from Noah and the Whale. Three of Marling’s previous albums have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and she is a two-time BRIT Award nominee winning the UK’s Grammy equivalent for “Best British Female Artist” as well as “Best Solo Artist” at the NME Awards.
You can find her music and more at LauraMarling.com.
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