WDIY New Music Spotlight: Laura Marling - 'Song for Our Daughter'

May 20, 2020

Coming during a time in history when we need some vital words of comfort and encouragement more than ever, Laura Marling has seen fit to release her latest album, entitled Song for Our Daughter.

She decided to not wait until August when it was originally scheduled for release, and instead did so last month:

In light of the change to all our circumstances, I saw no reason to hold back on something that, at the very least, might entertain, and at its best, provide some sense of union.

While the album was written as a song cycle to her unborn child and as a guide to help her along, Marling has described her latest foray as applicable to any woman:

The girl could be you and she could be me: she is every woman listening back.

Pulling back on the production of her previous effort, Semper Femina, Marling uses her calming voice of crystalline tone to impart some of her inner thoughts and struggles and convey some peace and quiet for the listener.  She also took some time to get a master's degree in psychoanalysis during her stint between records:

I've always had an interest in psychoanalysis, since I was a patient of it for many years.

Marling is approaching 30 years-old which includes well over a decade making music that belie her youth. She has appeared an old soul and this series of songs confirms that theory.

Song for Our Daughter has been getting rave reviews and high praise for an artist who has mentioned Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan as inspirations.  With this latest album, it continues Marling's ascension to those lofty heights.  The opening cut even took inspiration from a Leonard Cohen track that she was quite fond of.

We will start you out with this cut.  Enjoy, and I hope this lets you go deeper into Laura's gift.