The first time I heard Laura Marling was a couple years ago, well after the release of Alas I Cannot Swim. Coincidentally, I saw her before I heard her and I occasionally wonder if this contributed to my initial perception of her music.
I watched the video for Cross Your Fingers probably 50 times, becoming completely enamored with the almost-pop, almost-alt-country or alt-folk sound that this tiny, blonde, English girl was making. Something about her very feminine voice with just a slight rasp gave her already brilliantly composed lyrics a weight that differentiated her from other singer-songwriters.
Needless to say, I think, that I’ve been following her career progression rather obsessively. (Obsession is what I do best, after all.) Though I have missed her every single time she has played in Seattle, I have another chance on May 15th at the Columbia Theatre – and I’m hoping I’ll finally put an end to this cat & mouse game.
She’s on a North American tour (dates at the end of this post) for the release of her third album, Once I Was An Eagle, which will be released on May 27.
Two singles have been released from the album, including Master Hunter, which is my favorite of the ones I’ve heard. (Check the Resources section for the others.)
She recently performed Master Hunter on Later with Jools Holland.
Fresh off of a breakup with Marcus Mumford (yes, that Mumford), Master Hunter is definitely a proclamation of independence… & maybe a bit of scorn. I can definitely relate with both of these things when referencing my post-breakup… perspectives.
I am a master hunter /
I cured my skin /
now nothing gets in /
nothing as hard as it tries
Tell me you haven’t been there.
Buy Master Hunter on iTunes | Buy Master Hunter on Amazon
Pre-Order Once I Was An Eagle
Wednesday May 15 – Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater – TICKETS
Thursday May 16 – Portland, OR – Star Theater – TICKETS
Saturday May 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel – TICKETS
Tuesday May 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Masonic Lodge – TICKETS
Tickets for these shows go on sale May 3rd:
Saturday May 25 – Toronto, ON – 99 Sudbury “The Gallery”
Tuesday May 28 – New York, NY – Roulette Ballroom – TICKET LINK
Other singles released from Once I Was An Eagle:
“Where Can I Go?”
“Pray for me” performed live on WNYC: