Laura Marling – Short Movie Review

Laura Marling Announces New Album Short Movie, Shares Animated Video for Title Track

Laura Marling’s latest self-produced album, Short Movie, has a defiant edge which is making people talk. The record is somewhat different from her previous offerings; more complex and seemingly more mature, demanding listen after listen as you attempt to figure out her intentions whilst fully appreciating her song-writing talents.

In Short Movie Marling swaps her acoustic for an electric guitar in many tracks, which represents a shift away from the standard folk sound which she is so heavily associated with. There’s no doubt that Marling will always be known as one of the key players in the folk revival of recent years, but in Short Movie she truly modernises her sound and demonstrates that her musical abilities cover more than just folk. The tracks on Short Movie have more layers and textures than her previous albums which have been a little more simplistic. Whether it be soaring strings in the background, insistent, fast-paced percussion or Marling using her voice to capture the emotion of song, there is more to listen to than just a girl and her guitar. Throughout this album she demonstrates her impressive range, alternating between high, girlish falsetto and a deep, velvety hum which has the ability to creep over you and almost give you goosebumps.

The defiance comes not only with the larger, louder sound that comes with her electric, layered tracks; it can be seen in her lyrics, too, which are often sarcastic and somewhat cynical. “Strange”, for instance, sees Marling commenting on what could be a man who seeks love from someone besides his wife and children; “Do your best to be a good man, Do you know how hard that is?” She speaks rather than sings, and seems to hold back a contemptuous laugh at the end of each line that makes you want to laugh along with her. On “Don’t Let Me Bring You Down”, Marling states “I’m a woman now, would you believe?” This line is perhaps a hark back to the way in which her rise to fame happened at such a young age. At 16 Marling was causing a stir in the nu-folk scene in London, and at 18 years of age she released her first studio album. Five albums later, and with a stack of nominations and two awards under her belt, Marling is now a superstar in both Europe and the US; she has grown up and so has her music, and her defiance throughout Short Movie demands that we listen and take note of what she has learnt along the way.

Laura Marling – Short Movie = 8/10

Ellie Scott @elliemaryscott

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