Published Apr 05, 2020In light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Laura Marling has decided to drop her new album much earlier than expected. Song for Our Daughter is now scheduled to arrive this Friday (April 10).
Marling worked with her longtime collaborators Ethan Johns and Dom Monks to produce the record — a body of work that she has described as "balm for the soul." Her seventh studio album will now arrive ahead of schedule, with Marling emphasizing the need for artists to share their work virtually while we all face the trials of isolation together.
Read her statement about the new record below.
In light of the change to all our circumstances, I saw no reason to hold back on something that, at the very least, might entertain, and at its best, provide some sense of union. It's strange to watch the facade of our daily lives dissolve away, leaving only the essentials; those we love and our worry for them. An album, stripped of everything that modernity and ownership does to it, is essentially a piece of me, and I'd like for you to have it.
I'd like for you, perhaps, to hear a strange story about the fragmentary, nonsensical experience of trauma and an enduring quest to understand what it is to be a woman in this society. When I listen back to it now, it makes more sense to me than when I wrote it. My writing, as ever, was months, years, in front of my conscious mind. It was there all along, guiding me gently through the chaos of living. And that, in itself, describes the sentiment of the album — how would I guide my daughter, arm her and prepare her for life and all of its nuance?
I'm older now, old enough to have a daughter of my own, and I feel acutely the responsibility to defend The Girl. The Girl that might be lost, torn from innocence prematurely or unwittingly fragmented by forces that dominate society. I want to stand behind her and whisper in her ear all the confidences and affirmations I had found so difficult to provide myself. This album is that strange whisper; a little distorted, a little out of sequence, such is life. I want you to have it.
The artist has been hosting Instagram Live guitar lessons and performances recently, having premiered a new song during the stream earlier today — a track that she said will be released on streaming platforms later on this evening.
UPDATE (4/6, 2:40 p.m. ET): You can now hear the new album track "Held Down" below.
Marling's latest album was 2017's Semper Femina. Back in 2018, she teamed up with Tuung's Mike Lindsey to record the pair's debut album as LUMP.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic shook the music world, Marling was scheduled to head out on a world tour, which included two stops in Canada. That tour has since been postponed.
Pre-order Song for Our Daughter.