Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Laura Marling "Alas I Cannot Swim" (2008)
You never really know the winner until the race is over, but Laura Marling shows all the signs of being the most significant musician to emerge from the UK's latest folk scare. Her music seems to have the same relationship with her peers as Joni Mitchell's did in the early 70s. While others are concentrating on acoustic versions of pop songs, Marling is stepping back and working from a more sophisticated place. Of course this means that her work is a bit more challenging and not nearly so rewarding on initial listens.