Even better than expected…

Laura Marling always in the kitchen at parties


So after the long wait, Once I Was an Eagle was available this week.  I know I could have listened to it streaming on The Guardian website last week, but I’d rather scarf up the few remaining “event” releases that the old model of the music industry can cough up, as well listening in the correct spirit and frame of mind.

Having listened two or three times since Monday, early impressions are that Laura Marling has followed her muse resolutely; this is a deep and wide album which will doubtless leave some of the fanbase behind.  It is a bigger leap than even I expected.

N’mind; she can probably do no other than that which her heart and sensibilities demand.  Nor should an artist as resolute (that word again) on the path she has chosen.

So what does it sound like?  Mostly like I imagine the rumbling of earthquake sounds as the fragile mantle is threatened by the turbulence of what lies beneath.  The mumbles, the weird enunciations, the sympathetic growling of producer Ethan Johns’ ambient noises all contribute to the atmosphere of discomfort LM creates; there’s something on her “my-ind” here, which is almost inarticulable, but has to come out…

There’s months worth of study here; I’m loving it so far.


In 2017 Laura Marling looked back on Once I Was an Eagle, answering questions and playing live in front of a studio audience for the Radio 4 podcast Mastertapes.

Laura Marling Once I was an Eagle - BBC Radio 4 Mastertapes

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Reasons to be cheerful…

There’s lots of great music to look forward to this year.

Teenage Fanclub recording in France
Teenage Fanclub have been recording in France…

Pearlfishers recording in GlasgowThe Pearlfishers have been recording in Glasgow…

Kim Edgar Edinburgh concerts

Kim Edgar has announced shows in Edinburgh in June and August (see Kim’s website for details here.

Laura Marling Where can I go?

And of course, Laura Marling releases a new album at the end of May. The track that’s available on her website is called “Where Can I Go?” and is frighteningly good. She seems to have gone from Another Side of Bob Dylan straight to Blood on the Tracks without the bits in the middle, if you go for the Dylan analogy I’ve used before.