Laura Marling - Semper Femina

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Semper Femina is the sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter Laura Marling, released in March 2017 via More Alarming Records.

It’s easy to forget Laura Marling is only 27 years old. Since releasing her debut back in 2008, she has become a fixture of modern folk, far outliving the mid-’00s “nu-folk” scene with which she emerged. Her steady output has produced some of her generation’s finest records, and Semper Femina, is among her most affecting to date.

The album takes its title from a shortening of the Virgil line “Varium et mutabile semper femina,” or “Woman is ever a fickle and changeable thing.”

Marling’s own ungovernable spirit is a hallmark of her voice as a songwriter, and in the past it’s often been shaded with a bit of loneliness. But on Semper Femina, it’s a force that brings her closer to others - specifically the women in her life, not the least of whom is the one in the mirror.

In these songs, Marling looks at womanhood and female relationships from various angles and distances, giving the gray areas of these roles and intimacies plenty of breathing room. The result is a record of great affection and fluidity.

Opener “Soothing” is one of Marling’s most sensual songs ever, its two slippery bass lines slinking with anticipation. On standout “Wild Fire”, nearly every line cuts to the bone.

The production balances restraint and provocation as well as Marling’s songs do themselves, with shimmering string arrangements living alongside serrated guitar tones and more experimental elements like the stuttering, beat of “Don’t Pass Me By”. Marling uses the full range of her voice as both singer and songwriter over the course of these nine tracks.

There’s a freedom to Semper Femina, a resolve apparent even in its title.

Check out the tracks: “Soothing”; "The Valley"; "Next Time"; “Wild Fire” and “Don’t Pass Me By”.

This Deluxe Edition double LP, including a live version of the album, and a digital download, is pressed in Europe on black vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Soothing

4:17

A2

The Valley

5:40

A3

Wild Fire

4:51

A4

Don’t Pass Me By

5:09

B1

Always This Way

4:33

B2

Wild Once

4:23

B3

Next Time

4:01

B4

Nouel

4:53

B5

Nothing, Not Nearly

4:32

 

Bonus LP:

 

C1

Soothing (Live)

 

C2

The Valley (Live)

 

C3

Wild Fire (Live)

 

C4

Don’t Pass Me By (Live)

 

D1

Always This Way (Live)

 

D2

Wild Once (Live)

 

D3

Next Time (Live)

 

D4

Nouel (Live)

 

D5

Nothing, Not Nearly (Live)

 

SKU 5060454947585
Record Label More Alarming
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number MORAMR001LPX
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 10 March 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 10 March 2017
Barcode # 5060454947585
Shipping Weight 0.4500kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeves, Digital Download Code, Exlusive Bonus Content of Live Album Tracks
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Country
Genre World
Format VINYL LP

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