Laura Marling (born 1.2.1990)
Laura Marling is singer-songwriter from Eversley, Hampshire. She rose to fame through the London folk scene and later found prominence as a solo artist. Marling has toured with a number of well-recognised indie bands and her own work is acknowledged for her bold melodies and poetic lyrics.
Laura Marling: Childhood & Early Musical Career
Laura Marling was born in Hampshire, England, where she learned guitar at a young age. As a teenager, Laura was one of the original members of Noah and the Whale. During the time that she was in the band, she dated the band's singer, Charlie Fink but left after the release of their album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down. The artist Emmy the Great was also in the band around the same time.
In 2007, Laura Marling appeared on 'Suspicious Eyes' by The Rakes, a track from their album Ten New Messages, after their singer Alan Donohoe discovered her on Myspace. She went on t
collaborate with Mystery Jets on their single 'Young Love'.
Laura Marling: Music Career
Laura Marling's debut solo album, Alas, I Cannot Swim, was released in 2008. The album went on to be nominated for that year's Mercury Music Prize but lost out to Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid. Following the release of the album, she embarked on her 'Night Terror Tour', named after the single 'Night Terror'. Laura Marling was also invited to tour with Jamie T, as well as opening for Adam Green (of The Moldy Peaches). Laura Marlin also infamously chose to perform on the street for her fans, after being denied entry to her own gig for being underage.
In 2009, in an interview with The Guardian, Laura Marling announced that she was dating Marcus Mumford of the British folk band Mumford and Sons.
Laura Marling's second album, I Speak Because I Can was released in 2010 and was produced by Ethan Jones. The debut single released from the album was 'Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)'.
Elton John and Mumford And Sons are leading the line-up.
Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.
Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.
Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?
SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.
First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.
Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
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As part of the promotion for her upcoming album, 'Short Movie', Laura Marling has released a live video recording for her song 'I Feel Your Love'. 'Short Movie' is due to be released on 23rd March 2015.
Find out which artists have been nominated for a Brit Award (or three) this year.
The nominees have been announced for this year's Brit Awards, which will be presented live in a ceremony on ITV on the 19th February. The annual awards celebrate the year's biggest British music stars, in a competition that is as hotly contested as ever after a thrilling year in music.
Disclosure Could Be About To Get A Lot More Famous With Four Potential Brit Awards Headed Their Way.
Bastille and Disclosure have emerged as the early front-runners after netting four nominations apiece and will go head-to-head in the Mastercard British Album of the Year, British Breakthrough Act, British Single and British Group categories. Though both groups have enjoyed rocketing to success this year, Disclosure and their album Settle may have the edge due to having been also nominated for last year's Mercury Music Prize.
The self described voice of "urgent" and "reflective" music in the UK and Ireland has once again picked a predictable shortlist of albums for the once prestigious award
The Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize this week announce the shortlist for it's 12 favourite albums of the last 12 months, albums that it claims are "urgent" and are "reflective" of the evolving sound of contemporary music. Once a haven for alternative acts like Portishead and Gomez, this years awards once again have gone for the most obvious choices and rather than celebrate any "urgent" talent, artists that routinely play on the radio or television have been picked ahead of the Hookworms and Darkstars of the British and Irish music scene.
The Arctic Monkeys are hardly an "urgent" band
The Arctic Monkeys are now a bonafied rock staple, whilst Foals and Laura Marling have each been nominated in the past and are regularly given air time on 6 Music or Jools Holland, etc., not to mention the fact that Marling has been handed a BRIT Award too. As for newcomers Disclosure, Rudimental and Jake Bugg, neither are exactly challenging their respective fields of house, drum and bass and rockabilly, but simply making it more radio-friendly and pop accessible. This isn't a dig either, this is something that all three artists should openly agree with. As for David Bowie; he's David Bowie. Need we say more?
Continue reading: Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced, But Does It Even Matter Anymore?
With David Bowie, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and Laura Marling this year could be truly hard to call.
This year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize could be one of the greatest lists of nominees in the awards history. 2013's nominees shortlist includes talent old and new, rock, pop, and dance with one thing to unite them all: they represent a selection of Britain and Ireland's strongest mainstream albums released during the last 12 months.
Bowie Looking A Favourite To Win.
It would be almost too easy to say that David Bowie will win: the 66 year-old made a triumphant and unexpected return this year with the critically lauded The Next Day which was recorded in secret over two years. He's also the bookies favourite along with Arctic Monkeys at the moment, with odds that are unlikely to change. Last time Bowie was nominated was in 2002 when he suffered defeat to pop star Ms. Dynamite but this time round there's been such a lot of press surrounding Bowie's come-back that he's been hard to ignore.
The returning Thin White Duke has emerged as the front-runner to take home this years Mercury Music Prize
David Bowie came back from his retirement/hiatus completely unannounced this January, when he released the video for the single 'Where Are We Now,' and managed to catch everyone off guard with his birthday announcement of a new release and the subsequent quality of his first album in a decade.
This is Bowie's first Mercury nomination
The Next Day made the critics swoon after Ziggy Stardust once again and now, five months after he released his twenty-fourth album, Bowie is still being fancied by critics as he emerges as the front-runner to win this years Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
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This year’s contenders have just been announced, who will succeed from Alt-J?
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations have come round again, designed to celebrate this year's best British musical offerings. Last year we saw Alt-J with An Awesome Wave take home the coveted music industry prize and have since seen them go on from strength to strength with full UK touring and an extensive festival diary as the indie quartet revelled in the exposure the annual awards had brought them and their infectious, enthralling debut.
Last Year's Winners, Alt-J, Benefitted From The Prize.
This year's nominees, as announced this very evening predictably include Arctic Monkey's AM, Disclosure's Settle, David Bowie's The Next Day, and Foals' Holy Fire. However the other choices include Laura Marling's Once I Was An Eagle, Jake Bugg's self-titled debut, and Laura Mvula's Sing To The Moon - all pleasing choices which will make for an interesting and unpredictable race to the 30th October awards show.
Laura Marling's 4th album in 5 years sees her blossom further as the assurances that her growing confidence has given her pervade her writing and her performance. As the naivety of her youth is realised in her early twenties she is now singing ever more expressively and openly about her own life. Her lyrical prowess and literary dexterity have always been an inherent and gloriously enjoyable feature of her songs and each song here more than justifies its inclusion. Laura's ability to impart her stories, lay bare her soul and expertly convey sentiment and feeling are what makes her work so intriguing and desirable.
Once I Was An Eagle, probably simultaneously her most ambitious and accomplished album to date, has concurrent threads and themes running through it making it even more cohesive and complete than any of her previous albums. Her recent re-location, rather aptly to the City Of Angels, and her newest romantic relationship have seemingly served to unleash and ignite a new stream of furtive creativity. If Once I Was An Eagle doesn't make the Mercury shortlist (Just as her 1st two albums did) we will be most surprised; this is definitely one of the best albums of the last 12 months.
The opening four part section of Once I Was An Eagle (Brought to life on film as 'When Brave Bird Saved') barely break for breath and are as fluid and connected as any you'll hear on an album. The mental wrestle and inner turmoil of 'Take The Night Off' flows beautifully into the unflinching, unapologetic and forthright title track 'I Was An An Eagle'. As with some of Laura Marling's previous work that focuses around her love life, her ability to dissect and dismember each detail seem to act as some sort of cathartic release giving the listener an almost voyeuristic perspective. Laura's growing maturity as an accomplished singer-songwriter manifest themselves with a surety and focus on 'You Know' as she pulls no punches with her opinions before 'Breathe' closes out the quartet with its mellow undulating waves of tenderness.
Continue reading: Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle Album Review