Laura Marling has shared a beautiful new video for the track, ‘Fortune’, lifted from Laura’s recent album, Song For Our Daughter, which today received a Mercury Prize nomination, Laura’s fourth to date.
Commenting on the record’s nomination, Laura said: “Releasing the record as the world turned itself upside down felt quite disconcerting. It still feels odd now, but in what has been such an unusual year, this comes as a nice surprise. Am also very pleased to be joining the ‘four timers’ club.”
Watch a filmed, stripped back live recording of ‘Fortune’ below…
Laura Marling’s seventh album arrived back in April almost without pre-amble or warning in the midst of uncharted global chaos, and yet instantly and tenderly offered a sense of purpose, clarity and calm. As a balm for the soul, the full-blooded new collection could be posited as Laura’s richest and finest to date, but in truth it’s another incredibly fine record.
Returning to the studio to work alongside engineer/producer Dom Monks and Ethan Johns (Once I Was An Eagle, A Creature I Don’t Know, I Speak Because I Can), Laura has layered in lush string arrangements and a broad sense of scale to these songs without losing any of the intimacy or reverence we’ve come to anticipate from this universally acclaimed musician over the past decade.
Laura followed its release with the first (known) ticketed live performance by an artist at a venue, during this period of lockdown. Taking to the stage alone, and looking out above the empty pews of London’s Union Chapel, Laura played for an hour merging the old with the new, streamed live for her UK and European fans in all its cinematic glory. She followed it just a couple of hours later with another live performance to her North American fanbase. Both shows ‘sold out’ and were met with positive reviews extolling the virtues of what this might mean for the future of live performance as we adapt to a period of change. Laura proved that you can make streamed live performances feel special, feel like a moment.
Looking ahead, one day Laura will, eventually, take these songs out on the road and to her fans both old and new, and we can all be congregated in those same rooms with her, enjoying this mesmeric record being played live and in person.