The long-term goal of this website is trying to keep up a chronological news-feed on everything Laura Marling related. It all started with the idea to keep up an archive on all bits of news about the third album, A Creature I Don’t Know. We decided to keep on doing that for the album that came after that and we are now doing the same thing for Once I Was An Eagle.
Biography Laura Marling
Laura Beatrice Marling (Reading (Berkshire), 1 February 1990) is an English folk-pop singer-songwriter. She is an integral part of the London folk-scene together with bands like Mumford & Sons, Noah and the Whale and Peggy Sue. Marling has released two albums so far, Alas I Cannot Swim in 2008 and I Speak Because I Can in 2010. Both albums were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. On February 15, 2011 she received a Brit Award in the British female solo artist category.
Laura Marling comes from very musical roots. Her father ran a recording studio and introduced her to music such as Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. She started playing the guitar at a very young age, when she was 5 or 6 years old. In her teens she started writing songs, such as “Failure,” which she wrote at 14.
In 2006, when Laura was 16 years old, she fell into indie-folk band Noah and the Whale. 2007 saw the release of her own debut EP, The London Town EP on WayOutWest Records. Later that year she did her first release on Virgin Records, the My Manic & I EP. In 2008 she was asked by London band Mystery Jets to sing a stanza on the track Young Love.
Alas I Cannot Swim
In the spring of 2008, Laura Marling released her debut album Alas I Cannot Swim on Virgin Records, the album was produced by Marling’s boyfriend (at that time) and band mate Charlie Fink. Three singles were taken from the album, respectively; Ghosts, Cross Your Fingers and Night Terror. The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
December 2009 was marked by an Indian tour with Mumford & Sons and Indian band Dharohar Project. Five cities were visited: New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata. According to Marling, the gigs were very hard, it wasn’t as expected and the musicians were not easily received by the local residents. In December, the single Goodbye England (Covered in Snow), was released as a Christmas single.
I Speak Because I Can
I Speak Because I Can, Marling’s second studio album was released on March 22, 2010. The album did well in the charts, received splendid reviews and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize later on that year.
June 2010 saw the release of an EP called Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Dharohar Project. The four collaborations featured on this EP were recorded by Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons and Dharohar Project (the band with whom she toured India the previous year), as the title suggests. Dharohar Project was invited to do some shows in the UK. The London Roundhouse show from July 19 was recorded and released digitally through iTunes.
Jack White’s label, Third Man Records, released a 7″ in the fall of 2010 with two covers done by Laura Marling recorded earlier on that year. The A-side featured a cover of Blues Run The Game written by American folk singer Jackson C. Frank. The other side of the single featured a reinterpretation of Needle And The Damage Done, a song by Neil Young.
A Creature I Don’t Know
In January 2010 NME reported that Marling was not just releasing I Speak Because I Can, but that her third album was to follow in late 2010. But this was recalled in the same magazine in August 2010. Marling explained the third album was to be released in 2011 and that this additional time would make her as yet untitled album better.
In the newsletter sent to the fans in December was told that the first months of 2011 would be characterized by completing the new album.
On the first day of summer, June 21 2011, the new album was officially announced on Marling’s website. A teaser-video with a 2-minute-snippet of “Night After Night” accompanied with diverse video material was posted onto Youtube. The album is to be released on 12/13 September on CD, vinyl and as a box-set and features “ten impeccably crafted songs which only further punctuate her extraordinary talent both as a songwriter and performer.”, as written on the site of her new American label, Ribbon Music.
2011 was characterised by some excessive touring in promotion of that new album. Marling did a July UK tour, a September North-American tour, then, in October, she went back to the UK to do some other touring in the UK and in November it was mainland-Europe’s turn. Laura Marling finished the year with a couple of gigs in the US. The new year started perfectly with 9 shows on the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival including a couple of sideshows. “The Wisdom of Spring”tour followed in March, with shows all over the UK and mainland-Europe. An invitation also came to Marling’s address to support Andrew Bird on his North-American tour in April. An appearance on the Coachella festival was additionally included in the journey. After a short trip back to native Europe to do a show on the Primavera festival in Spain, Marling returned to North America to do another bit of touring. This part of the tour was characterised by a couple of brand new songs. Good news about new material came in some interviews.
Once I Was An Eagle
In 2012, Laura Marling rumoured to be working on her 4th album in Bath, UK with producer Ethan Johns. She confirmed in interviews that she was in studio, and said it should be finished and released in early 2013. In late 2012, she stated that the album was finished, and that she planned on releasing it in February. The release date was pushed back, and her fourth album, Once I Was An Eagle, will be released May 27th.