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SEMPER FEMINA

Laura Marling's sixth album, SEPMER FEMINA, is available from Amazon and iTunes. Here is the tracklist:

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  1. Soothing
  2. The Valley
  3. Wild Fire
  4. Don't Pass Me By
  5. Always This Way
  6. Wild Once
  7. Next Time
  8. Nouel
  9. Nothing, Not Nearly

Semper Femina is an excerpt from a verse by the roman poet Virgil: varium et mutabile semper femina. "Woman’s a various and a changeful thing." (John Dryden’s translation) Shortened to semper femina, it means   "Always a woman".


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MARLING AND FASHION SHOOTS

Kim Hillyard Marling talked about a wide range of subjects with Kim Hillyard of The Line of Best Fit, including Marling's re-evaluation of her portrayal as an artist. "I don't do fashion shoots or have my make-up done because I think that is not the point of me," Marling said. "It's a very respectable point of some people, but not me, but as a result of that, I’ve sort of felt like I've had to leave my sexuality behind in my career...It’s not a huge part of my private persona but it is a part of it and it’s so weird that it’s not a part at all of my public persona."

RADIO MARLING

Marling sang three songs from the new album on A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION: Nouel, Always This Way, and Wild Fire.

On BBC Radio 4's MASTERTAPES series (B side), Marling discussed her SEMPER FEMINA, and plays excerpts from it. The A Side of the broadcast, aired one day earlier, discusses the album "Once I Was An Eagle".

ASHVILLE SETLIST

The setlist from Marling's Asheville, N.C. show last year (on right) shows tentative titles for some of the songs on the new album (Semper Femina): THE VALLEY, NEXT TIME, WILD (which became Wild Once?), SOOTHING, ATW (Always This Way?), NOTHING NOT NEARLY, WILD FIRE, NOUEL, and DPMB (Don't Pass Me By). It seems that TENNESSEE did not make it into the album.

Noeul Riel - a possible influence on Marling's next album Marling setlist - The Orange Peel - Asheville - 15  November

An explanation of NOEUL -- Justin Tyler Close, who photographed Marling for Lab Magazine, has been and currently is working with Los Angeles mixed-media artist Noeul Riel, and Marling has posted some of that work on Instagram.

TATTOOS

Laura Marling - semper femina tattoo - photo by Hollie Fernando Laura Marling has three tattoos. The most recently acquired is semper femina on her upper left thigh. On the inside of her left wrist is the Marling family crest, and on her right wrist isthe family motto: We Are Prey To None. These were described by interviewer Tony Clayton-Lea in The Irish Times. On right is a photo of the semper femina tattoo (enlarged in inset). The photo is by Hollie Fernando.

KAREN ELSON - DISTANT SHORES

Distant Shore, the first track released form Karen Elson's next album, DOUBLE ROSES, features Laura Marling on backing vocals. The album was released on 7 April and is available from Amazon.

ZEPPELIN COVER

Led Zeppelin is reissuing all of their albums to celebrate their 40th anniversary. To help commemorate the re-reissue of Physical Graffiti, MOJO releaseed a tribute disc in the spring of 2015, on which a host of contemporary acts recreate the entire record in a series of bold and original cover versions. Laura Marling contributed a cover of Bron-Yr-Aur to it. The two-disc vinyl set was limited to about 5,000 copies. (Video of Marling's cover is available on YouTube)

SONG PAGES

MARLING LYRICS AND VOCABLULARY

A report by The Trinity Mirror data group on word usage by songwriters states that, over her first three albums, Laura Marling employed some 1200 different words. She used the pronoun 'I' 337 times, and the pronoun 'you' 185 times. (From 4 September article by Karen Jordan in Get Reading)

The J Files - 2015

Karen Leng interviewed Laura Marling for Double J Radio. Marling spoke of, among other things, her early days in London. "When I was 16 years of age," she said, "I began playing at a football club bar for these underage nights. I used to get the train up with my friends from Reading and end up in a place called Brentford. Around that time it was me, The Mystery Jets, Adele and, most importantly to me, a guy called Jamie T. He very kindly took a very shy, awkward, young Laura off on tour with him, which resulted in me being signed to his label. I'm still very grateful to him."

BECK'S SONGREADER

Beck’s Song Reader, previously released exclusively as an illustrated book of sheet music, is now available on CD, MP3, and vinyl. All vinyl orders receive an instant mp3 download of the album upon purchase. The album includes newly-recorded versions of all 20 songs from the original book by a variety of performers including Laura Marling, Jack White, Beck himself, and Norah Jones. Marling performs the song Sorry (track #10).

COVER OF THE MONTH

The Laura Marling Cover the Month (September) is by Saint Ophelia, a group consisting of Rebekah Bevilaqua Kuzma (vocals), Joseph Panzetta (vocals & guitar), Michael Marcus (bass), and Max Marcus (cello). They performed Sophia at Snapdragon in Vashon, WA on 2 September.

Best covers from previous months are on Best Covers Playlist (YouTube).

MARY STUART

Mary Stuart poster Marling spoke to Laura Barton of NEWSWEEK about writing original music for Robert Icke's production of Friedrich Schiller’s MARY STUART. She said that Icke was the first person ever to ask her to rewrite her lyrics. "I sent him the demo and the final draft of the lyrics, she said, "or what I thought would be the final draft, and he sent a really amazing critique of what he felt was relevant and what he felt wasn’t drawn from the play and couldn’t be placed there."

Actors Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams alternated in the roles of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart at the Almeida Theatre in London. Which actor played which role was decided by the toss of a coin before each performance.

REVERSAL OF THE MUSE

"It occurred to me that in ten year of making records, I had only come across two female engineers working in studios. Starting from my experience of being a woman I began to ask myself what difference it might have made had I had more women around, if any. I wanted to know why progress has been so slow in this area and what effect it would have on music."
---- Laura Marling

In Episode 4 of REVERSAL OF THE MUSE, Marling talks about her now ended five album deal with Virgin Records. "I was signed to a pretty terrible deal," Marling tells former Epic Records executive Amanda Ghost. "My dad did my contract because I didn’t have a manager then. He used his lawyer from the '70s and we got the most incredibly bad deal which we couldn’t get out of for five albums. And to be fair, I wasn’t bothered, they never bothered me and I never bothered them." (That episode of the podcast has apparently been removed from Soundcloud. Below is Episode 9 instead.)

ISLE OF NOISES

Isle of Noise cover art Isle Of Noises: Conversations With Great British Songwriters by Daniel Rachel, which is available from Amazon in a Kindle Edition and in hardcover, includes extensive conversation with Laura Marling. Asked if she records 'little ideas' and then builds from them Marling said: "No, it's all from memory. I'm a complete technophobe. Sometimes if I finish a song very quickly then I write it down because I'll definitely forget it the next day. But I can't read or write music so I do write down chords and stuff.". And she says she can't just sit down and write a song just because she wants to. "I've tried," she says, "and it's awful, awful, awful, awful." Rachel is himself a songwriter who has released three solo albums, the most recent being A Taste of Money (2006).

OIWAE GUITAR TUTORIALS

Quentin Ames has posted guitar tutorials on how to play each of the four songs that make up the opening medley on ONCE I WAS AN EAGLE on YouTube, and they are also with the lyrics for the individual songs (Take the Night Off, I Was an Eagle, You Know, Breathe) on this site.

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