Laura Marling has announced her new album, and explained her decision to release it in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic. The musician shared details of the new record with fans during her latest Instagram Live guitar lesson, on April 5th. "Song For Our Daughter" is the artist’s seventh album and follows 2017’s "Semper Femina". The album was not meant to be released until later in the year, but she “saw no reason to back on something that, at the very least, might entertain and, at its best, provide some sense of union”.
“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", she told. "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 os its nuance?". She continued: “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.”
"Song For Our Daughter" will be released this Friday, April 10th.