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Laura Marling: Semper Femina

Laura Marling’s long-awaited new album Semper Femina is released today on Laura’s own label, More Alarming Records via Kobalt Music Recordings. It was recorded in LA in late 2015, and produced alongside musician/producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Jim James), who’s based in the US.

Alongside the announcement of Semper Femina, comes Laura’s directorial debut with the video for the first fruits of the record and the album’s opening track, ‘Soothing’; the inspiration for which was a series of vivid dreams Laura experienced whilst making the album.

Watch Laura’s directorial debut for Soothing:

Semper Femina was largely written out on the road, following the release of Laura’s acclaimed album, Short Movie, in Spring 2015. Its loose lyrical thread strings together her keen, freshly observed take on womanhood, and what Laura describes as a particularly ‘masculine time in her life’.

Laura Marling: ‘I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; “it’s not a man, it’s me, I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself’.

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Semper Femina is Laura’s sixth studio album in a little over nine years. It is a record that similarly addresses questions of how society views sexuality and gender but without seeking to provide definitive answers. It retains an openness to express and portray her own ‘voyage’ of self-discovery, but also to develop and learn as artist, performer, and as an individual over the course of her career.

Laura Marling’s UK Tour
10th March – O2 ABC, Glasgow
12th March – Albert Hall, Manchester
13th March – O2 Academy, Oxford
14th March – Institute, Birmingham
16th March – Dome, Brighton
17th March – Roundhouse, London
18th March – City Hall, Salisbury

www.lauramarling.com