LAURA, DARLING Laura Marling

The English rose –
currently on a U.S.
tour
, including Coachella this weekend – finds Creature comforts on her latest
release.

 

BY SELENA FRAGASSI

 

Laura Marling admits she once was consumed by an
overwhelming fear of dying. “When I was a teenager, I remember having a
conversation with somebody who had a great fear of death, and that experience
kind of gave me this never-ending sense of impending doom,” she confesses, her
soft-spoken tremble erupting into a chuckle as she scoffs at her former naïveté

 

Granted, the ebullient blond-haired, doe-eyed Londoner may
have only just turned 21, but anyone who has packed as much life into that
short span as Marling has would be forgiven for thinking it could all be taken
away just as quickly as it came. At only 17, the neo-folk singer-songwriter was
pushed into a Top 100 searchlight after her warmhearted 2008 debut Alas I Cannot Swim lapped her contemporaries
with wide international attention while drawing not undue comparisons to Joni
Mitchell. After the album was nominated for a Mercury Prize, an esteemed award
many U.K.
artists wait lifetimes to achieve, Marling later took home (to her parent’s
mantelpiece to be exact) an NME and
Brit Award.

 

It is on her third album, A Creature I Don’t Know (Ribbon), though, that Marling ultimately
roots herself in the next part of her journey with an ever-growing musical
maturity and sweeping narratives that reflect her fondness for epic Victorian
novels by Austen and Bronte, whom Marling sympathizes with because, unlike her,
they lived in “a time when brilliant women were held back.”

 

For Marling, there haven’t been many limits since she first
picked up a guitar and pen at 16, and although the almost-music-journalist cops
to believing that “writing wasn’t supposed to be my forte,” songs like “Beast,”
“Night After Night,” and “Salinas” (in homage to author John Steinbeck) show a
scribe wise beyond her years.

 

“What I have concluded is that I can’t write about anything
that I don’t know,” she admits, advocating for the truth serum embedded in the
biology of folk music whose resurgence, Marling believes, is in a young mind’s
quest for the stories of the past. “We’re a generation of people who have found
our parent’s records and given a rebirth to vinyl because of the honesty of the
music.” Marling admittedly then has nothing to fear-much like the mind-haunting
music she creates, the lesson here is that nothing that is remembered can ever
die.

 

 

BLURT first profiled
Laura Marling way back in the summer of 2008, when she was only 18 and just
starting to break in America.
Go here to read the interview.

 

 

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