I was only recently turned onto Laura Marling. I read a reference to her in some record review, which I wish I could locate now. The reference was so glowing I stopped whatever I was reading and immediately looked her up. When I saw that she was categorized as “folk,” I almost quit before actually listening. I’m not a huge fan of folk or of the singer-songwriter schtick as a whole. But there are always exceptions. And Marling is a big one. She’s so strikingly talented I almost can’t believe she’s not a household name. Her music isn’t exactly accessible in the way that makes you a household name these days, though. She’s of the Joni Mitchell ilk when it comes to songwriting, which is praise of the highest order. Her melodies are daring and complex and her accompanying guitar playing is jaw-droppingly good. The fact that she’s only 21 years old just blows my mind. Her voice is so confident. I can think of few singers with such poise. This performance for WYNC’s Spinning on Air encapsulates everything amazing about her.
Laura Marling Performs “Night After Night” on WNYC’s Spinning On Air
Posted November 11th, 2011 by Eric Greenwood · 3 Comments