Laura Marling is “going electric.” The unstinting British folkie performed four new songs live earlier this month in Los Angeles, three with electric guitars, according to the NME. “It’s fun to have guitar pedals and to try and make as many weird sounds as possible,” she reportedly said. A press release for her new album Short Movie, out in the United States on March 24 via Ribbon Music, confirms she has plugged in for the first time on the follow-up to 2013′s gripping Once I Was an Eagle.
Marling has also shared the loose, confident title track, which puts squall on either side of Marling’s strums and effortlessly blunt storytelling, with pounding drums and Ruth de Turberville’s squealing cello. “It’s a short fucking movie,” Marling repeats, amid a fiery rumination on self-doubt. She isn’t wrong; the results, at least, certainly are electric.
After Ethan Johns produced Once I Was an Eagle and its 2011 predecessor, A Creature I Don’t Know, Marling co-produced Short Movie with her drummer Matt Ingram and studio engineer Dan Cox. It’s her fifth album years, born after a period of reflection and an attempt to break out her routines. “I realized that I hadn’t been in a place for longer than two or three weeks since I was 16,” she said in a statement. “I thought: ‘I wonder what will happen if I try and root myself somewhere [and] look back over the past eight years.’” The string players only heard each track once before performing their parts.
Short Movie (March 23, Virgin EMI)
2. False Hope
3. I Feel Your Love
4. Walk Alone
6. Don’t Let Me Bring You Down
8. Gurdjieffs’s Daughter
10. How Can I
12. Short Movie
13. Worship Me