Laura Marling @ The Arches 15-11-09

December 18, 2009

The Arches, Glasgow, November 15 * * *

One time member of Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling is one the leading lights among the indie-folk set. Last year the nineteen-year old songstress released her debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim, and while not necessarily a commercial success it certainly won over the critics, earning the softly spoken singer a Mercury Music Prize nomination.
Fresh from a stint supporting Daniel Johnston and almost a year on from her last solo tour, Marling is once again out on her own, showcasing material from her recently recorded second album.
Tucked away at the back of the Arches venue, The Studio’s intimate surrounds proved the ideal setting for Marling’s ethereal music. The room even played its part, the regular muffled rumblings from the trains above adding to the eerie atmosphere on the darker new songs.
Self deprecating of her ‘banter’ and stage presence, there was a real sense of honesty to both the music and performance. However it wasn’t always enough to make this a fully captivating display. Too often the spell she cast was broken by the need to change guitar and tune up while a handful of relatively average songs somewhat diluted proceedings.
Still there was much to enjoy, not least her Joni Mitchell-isms on Rambling Man which along with final track Alas I Cannot Swim, and the bulk of new material aired, helped make it a successful and well-received visit to Glasgow.


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