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Daily Archives: January 26, 2012

Some artists pop into my life over and over again.  Usually, I just let it slide because there’s so much other music I’m listening to and if the artist is really good I’ll probably hear about them later.  Right?  Well this was definitely the case for Laura Marling.  My friend first showed me a cover song by her several years ago and since then she’s really grown as an artist.  On her lastest album, A Creature I Don’t Know, Marling creates some of the best folk ballads of the century.   Her sound is mature and sophisticated, yet fun at the same time.  I never get tired of the quiet finger-picked intros that transform into clamorous songs of joy and motion, like the song “Sophia.”  Some songs even have a twang of country mixed in.  And vocally, Laura Marling reminds me of some of the greatest folk artists from the 60s like Joni Mitchel and Joan Baez.  Her voice is melancholy and classic (see title track).  It’s rare that a folk album makes me want to get up and take a long drive down an empty road.  I’m sorry I didn’t give Marling the attention she deserved, but with this album, I will.  Check out “Sophia” from A Creature I Don’t Know below and be sure to hear the album which came out last September.

-M. Kauf

Laura Marling – Sophia:

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