Laura Marling has announced a new album, Semper Femina (which, in Latin, translates to "Always A Woman"), the follow-up to last year’s Short Movie. It’s out March 10 on More Alarming, her own label and was recorded in LA and produced alongside Blake Mills.
“I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman,” Marling said in a press release. “And then I thought it’s not a man, it’s me — I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them and by proxy towards myself.”
This album can be considered an extension of Marling's podcast project "Reversal Of The Muse", where she explores and discusses the lack of female presence in recording studios and ponders whether this has any effect on creative production. In her own words: "'Reversal Of The Muse' began as conversations between friends about female creativity. In reversing the muse, it became an experiment. As a small part of the global conversation about women in the arts, it became an obsession. It occurred to me that in 10 years 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".