Recommendation: ‘Semper Femina’ by Laura Marling

It’s taken a while to realise that, for me at least, Laura Marling music only really starts to come alive on the 4th or 5th listen. And her new album has become one of those albums that I just listen to over and over and over again, which is not something I’ve had in a while. To the point where I wonder whether I’m becoming a bit sick of the album, but, yeah, I might as well put it on again, because, y’know…

It’s not an album that hits you over the head with elegantly crafted pop hits, in the way that, say, Suzanne Vega does. It sort of washes over you. It feels like it’s all taking place in a dream, and it reminds me a lot of Nick Drake. 

The thing that keeps striking me is not so much the lyrics or the arrangements but just the sound. Every instrument sounds amazing.

And her voice is just demonically good on this album, I think. Her vocal technique is absolutely flawless (you know when you can just hear that every note is hit and held perfectly?), but technique aside, she also does that Laura Marling thing of sounding like someone completely different on each song. I could really listen to that voice all day at the moment. And sort of am.

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