Gigs · Music

The Great Laura Marling

Laura Marling by Kristen Wilson

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog you’ll realise where the name came from. “Wounded by dust” is a line, a refrain, from Laura Marling’s song “Sophia,” the next to last track on her third album A Creature I Don’t Know.

And I love her work.

Laura Marling daft, me…

It’s quite easy to love this particular body of work; every time, the latest thing she has done is also the best thing she’s done; every album, every concert, every recording, every new song helpfully positions itself as the best part of the body so far. Easy.

Even the first time I saw her, it was clear. Winter 2010, freezing cold horrid Edinburgh winter at the claustrophobic Liquid Rooms, after the release of that summer’s I Speak Because I Can album. I was late on to the Laura Marling bus, so I wasn’t very familiar with the work but had heard a buzz and, having failed to see the previous two Edinburgh shows got along on that bad November night.

It was a good concert, but what stayed with me was that the three or four new songs performed that night were way better than anything else, which was mightily encouraging. Don’t remember what they were (as I say, I was late on the bus) but I guess they turned up on the Creature album.

So, the latest thing I have heard from her is this amazing performance of “Don’t Ask Me Why/Salinas” in Melbourne which has been posted on the front page of her official website.

Girl sitting on crate in alleyway. Awesome.

The lovely picture at the top of this post is by Kristin Wilson and I got it from the official website, so I hope I’m OK to use it in the spirit in which it was given. I have it on my wall at work, on my computer desktop, on this blog.

In this photograph, she’s like The Sphinx, The Lady of Shallot, Millais’ Ophelia; what’s she looking at, what is she thinking?

This much I know; she sees things most of us do not.

I plan to write a lot more about Marling’s work in the weeks to come.

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