Laura Marling is a British singer, songwriter and musician from Eversley, Hampshire. She emerged on the British indie scene in 2007 from MySpace and quickly made a name for herself throughout England. The huskiness of her voice, the acoustic sound of her songs and her gift to compose unusual yet attractive music had her compared to artists like Regina Spektor and Lily Allen. Within the decade that followed, her debut album “Alas, I Cannot Swim”, her second album “I Speak Because I Can”, and her fourth album “Once I Was an Eagle” were each nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and was nominated for the same award at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Brit Awards. In 2015 she broke away from the expectations of a folk artist with her electric album “Short Movie” and her upcoming sixth studio album “Semper Femina”, due out this March, explores issues of gender and sexuality marking a new shift in her career. More than anything on “Semper Femina” she addresses the space between the perceptions and realities of being a woman, the space in which women are not frail but powerful, creative and abundant figures.
In her own words:
When I was a teenager in my head you were either this delicate tragedy or you were a muse. And they’re both such horrifyingly subjugated roles. But our culture loves female tragedy. That’s just been so ingrained over and over again, and there haven’t been enough examples of a written alternative. My main focus is re-writing the idea of tragic woman.
“Next Time” is the third track from “Semper Femina” and the second in a trio of videos directed by Laura, each one inspired by a dream. The choreography is by Ally Green.
All images © Laura Marling – Next Time