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In the first Reversal of the Muse podcast, Laura speaks to female sound engineer Vanessa Parr. Vanessa was the in-house engineer at the Village Studios in LA, and has worked with (among others) Elton John, B.B. King, Coldplay and John Mayer.

 

ZEPPELIN COVER

Mojo Zeppelin Tributte

Led Zeppelin is reissuing all of their albums to celebrate their 40th anniversary. To help commemorate the re-reissue of Physical Graffiti, MOJO releaseed a tribute disc in the spring of 2015, on which a host of contemporary acts recreate the entire record in a series of bold and original cover versions. Laura Marling contributed a cover of Bron-Yr-Aur to it. The two-disc vinyl set was limited to about 5,000 copies. (Video of Marling's cover is available on YouTube)

WILD FIRE

Laura Marling plays WILD FIRE, from her next album, Semper Femina in Lima, Peru. LYRICS

MARLING LYRICS AND VOCABLULARY

A report by The Trinity Mirror data group on word usage by songwriters states that, over her first three albums, Laura Marling employed some 1200 different words. She used the pronoun 'I' 337 times, and the pronoun 'you' 185 times. (From 4 September article by Karen Jordan in Get Reading)

BECK'S SONGREADER

Beck Hansen

Beck’s Song Reader, previously released exclusively as an illustrated book of sheet music, is now available on CD, MP3, and vinyl. All vinyl orders receive an instant mp3 download of the album upon purchase. The album includes newly-recorded versions of all 20 songs from the original book by a variety of performers including Laura Marling, Jack White, Beck himself, and Norah Jones, and will benefit the non-profit 826 Foundation. Marling performs the song Sorry (track #10).

COVER OF THE WEEK

The Marling Cover of the Week is by Iris Wei
from Taipei, Taiwan.

Best covers from previous weeks are on Best Covers Playlist (YouTube).

WOMAN DRIVER

WOMAN DRIVER, a six-minute short film directed by Chris Perkel and starring Laura Marling, was screened at the London Short Film Festival in the "New Shorts: Music and Video" category on 14 January, and is available on YouTube. Woman Driver was written, shot, and edited on location in Marfa, Texas over one weekend in 2013 as part of the National Film Challenge -- 72 hours from blank screen to finished film, where it won Best in Genre, Best Actress (Laura Marling), and Best Soundtrack. Others in the film's cast are Casey Thomas Brown and Nimble Melinda.

RECENT DUETS

Gil Landry

Take this Body, the first song made available from Gill Landry's third solo album, is a duet with Laura Marling, and can be streamed on Stereogum and purchased from iTunes.

Eddie Berman's album Polyhymnia features a cover of Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone by Berman and Laura Marling, accompanied by Gabe Davis on bass, and Sarah Pigion on the harmonium. Video is available on YouTube. Marling and Berman previously covered Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark. Video of that is available on YouTube. The two also performed the song as part of the Secret Cinema shows in London in June, 2013. A month before the Dancing in the Dark duet, Marling and Berman sang Help Me When I Say, a song from Berman's EP Blood and Rust.

BONNY PORTMORE

Bonny Portmore

Episode 5 of TURN (which aired on 4 May 2014 on AMC) featured an interpretation of Bonnie Portmore, a 300 year old Scottish protest song by Marling and Jonathan Wilson. A recording of Bonny Portmore by Jonathan Wilson and Laura Marling is available on Amazon.de for €1.29. In a review of the episode, Brian Ives of radio.com quotes Marling on the history of her involvement with the song.

"I was asked to perform it at a gathering in London in honor of The People Speak, [the 2009 film] influenced by Howard Zinn’s writings about the history and power of speech and protest. And the night [singer/songwriter] John Martyn died [January 29, 2009] I was on tour in rural Scotland and the entire village came together in the pub and passed around a guitar taking turns to play his songs and sing together, full of joy. That was one of the most important musical experiences I ever had. Not least because in rural Scotland in one pub there were at least 20 people better at singing and playing guitar than me."

ISLE OF NOISES

Isle of Noise cover art Isle Of Noises: Conversations With Great British Songwriters by Daniel Rachel, which is available from Amazon in a Kindle Edition and in hardcover, includes extensive conversation with Laura Marling. Asked if she records 'little ideas' and then builds from them Marling said: "No, it's all from memory. I'm a complete technophobe. Sometimes if I finish a song very quickly then I write it down because I'll definitely forget it the next day. But I can't read or write music so I do write down chords and stuff.". And she says she can't just sit down and write a song just because she wants to. "I've tried," she says, "and it's awful, awful, awful, awful." Rachel is himself a songwriter who has released three solo albums, the most recent being A Taste of Money (2006).

TATTOOS

Laura Marling photo showing tattoo on left wrist Laura Marling has two tattoos. On the inside of her left wrist is the Marling family crest. On her right wrist is the family motto: We Are Prey To None. These were described by interviewer Tony Clayton-Lea in The Irish Times on 17 May. On right is a photo taken when Marling was 19 which clearly shows a tattoo of a lighthouse on her inside left wrist.

WHEN BRAVE BIRD SAVED

The short film When Brave Bird Saved, by Frederick Scott & Nicholas Jack Davies, which features music from ONCE I WAS AN EAGLE, can be viewed on YouTube. The film is described as "an introduction to a visual journey directly inspired, informed, and narrated by the first four tracks of 'Once I Was An Eagle.'" Castmembers are: Jessica Lee Keller (Alison Bailey in episode #277 of CSI), Sean Patrick Parnell, Amanda Balen, Christopher Black, Jasmine Albuquerque, Cathy Cooper, Haylee roderick, Bill Prudich, Andy Acosta, Rhoda Pell, Forrest Temple, Theresa Balderson, Galen Howard, and Alfred Gilliam.

GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

Goodbye First Love poster The Water, a Marling/Johnny Flynn duet, is featured in the 2011 film GOODBYE FIRST LOVE, which stars Lola Créton, and is about two young lovers reunited after 8 years apart. The French film is now available on DVD and on Amazon Instant Video. It can also be streamed on Netflix (US).

OIWAE GUITAR TUTORIALS

Quentin Ames has posted guitar tutorials on how to play each of the four songs that make up the opening medley on ONCE I WAS AN EAGLE on YouTube, and they are also with the lyrics for the individual songs (Take the Night Off, I Was an Eagle, You Know, Breathe) on this site.

LAURA MARLING - DJ

Marling DJing at Notting Hill Arts Club in London

Allan Cole, writing on Tumblr (the post has since been removed), described Laura Marling's turn as DJ last 18 December at the Notting Hill Arts Club this way:

"The both folky and alternative line-up included Bearskin, Jetta, and Marika Hackman – it couldn’t have been more diverse and fun! The club was all dipped in stars and fairy lights and the late-night bonus was a beautiful Laura Marling on the mixing deck. A singer songwriter would perhaps not necessarily be expected to be a smashing electro freak but it was fun watching her and dancing along to RHCP and the like."

THEATRE AND DANCE

Kairos Dance Company Hazel Clarke, Artistic Director/Choreographer of Kairos Dance Company, was inspired by the song My Manic and I to create A Question That Sometimes Drives Me Hazy: Am I or the Others Crazy?, a full-length work of choreography focusing on Mental Illness in the early 1960s, it's stigmas, and it's effect on society. "It's a dark piece, but there are comical aspects of it and light parts," said Harper. "There is a lot of light and beauty in it. We're all human, we all have issues. It doesn't matter if you're diagnosed with anything or not, everybody can relate." Chelsea Sektan writes more about Hazel Clarke's project at Easy Reader News.

In the summer of 2013, "I Speak Because I Can", an original musical featuring the songs of Laura Marling was performed by student-run theatre group Dorothy L. Productions, based in Flower Mound, Texas (near Dallas). The musical was set in the Boston area in the year 1960, with a story that explores themes of civil rights and feminism. All profits were donated to Traffick911, an organization dedicated to fighting sexual slavery of children in the U.S. Video is available on YouTube.

TOTSTOCK SPRING FAIR 2014

Marling at Totstock Spring Fair in LA - 3 May 2014

Marling performed at Los Angeles Family School's annual Totstock Spring Fair & Music Festival on 3 May 2014. Saying that she was "more ill-prepared for kids' songs than she thought", Marling performed a cover of Neil Young's Dance Dance Dance, a song from Lady and the Tramp, Alas I Cannot Swim, Love Be Brave, and Ghosts. All proceeds from the event went to benefit Los Angeles Family School.

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  • Will Butler reviewed Marling's 5 September show at THE FORUM in London for Gigwise, calling Marling "a spiritual and celestial presence.

    Because what used to be a circular argument revolving around Marling’s likeness to Joni Mitchell has now fizzled out into an industry-wide appreciation of her solitary status as an artist. Her guitar prowess is a sight to be seen since Marling has developed into a truly underrated style-maker of the instrument. She can swap her fingerstyle from playful and intricate scale runs to the crushing sounds of a harnessed tempest like on 'Alpha Shallows'.

  • Elisa Regulski reviewed Marling's performance at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX for Glide Magazine, saying that "Marling had the listeners chuckling and sighing as she adorably fumbled her words and described her discoveries at a local antique store." Elisa Regulski

    Marling opened with 'Howl' a smooth and languid siren song from her latest album, Short Movie. The crystal-lit crucifix illuminated the altar during 'Once,' a tune written in the CPC’s stone hallways years earlier. This nostalgic ditty dripped with longing and seamlessly transitioned into 'I Feel Your Love.' Unlike [what] the title suggests, this biting melody is a tumultuous whirlwind of pulsing desperation. Her syrupy voice dipped between breathy high notes and creamy lower tones. With the accelerating momentum of a derailing train, Marling fluttered the lyrics, 'I feel your love. Please let me go.'

  • Marling performed on the final day of the 2016 BBC Radio 6 Music Festival. Here's what Alexandra Pollard wrote about it for Gigwise:

    "He greets me with kisses / When good days deceive him / And sometimes... I... How does it go next?" It's understandable that Laura Marling's forgotten the words to 'My Manic And I'. Since she released that song at the age of 18, she's produced new music at such a prolific rate that something, surely, had to give. Her drummer can't remember either, so she sings an approximation of the verse: "That's the gist of it," she shrugs, before moving onto material that better showcases her intense, sprawling vocals. At just 26, Laura Marling is one of the greatest living musicians around, and we should thank our lucky stars that we're around to watch her talents unfurl. Hyperbolic? Perhaps. After watching her live, it's difficult to be anything but.