Laura Marling Returns with New Single ‘Soothing’, Announces Sixth Album Semper Femina

Typically, Laura Marling has stuck strictly to acoustic folk, imbued with a translucent, poetic quality. It only feeds the listener’s curiosity more with each release- the upcoming Semper Femina is her sixth album and anticipation is stronger than ever.

But the album’s first single, ‘Soothing’, has moved away from Marling’s well-practiced, and consistently successful formula for wispy folk, delving into a stream of unconventional pop. A quivering bass line and the brush of minimalist percussion beckon the listener closer, as does the intimacy of Marling’s gentle warble. ‘Soothing’ is a cautious exploration, never quite expanding on its seemingly simple composition, only threatening to do so in fleeting moments of chaos brought on by a graceful orchestral section. It’s a track that reveals little about Semper Femina‘s entirety but does just enough to continue wetting the curiosity.

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Semper Femina will be released on March 10th and Laura Marling will be touring the album across nine UK dates in March 2017.

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