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Laura Marling announces new LP Semper Femina and UK dates (2017)

Laura Marling

Story by Jack Foley

LAURA Marling has announced full details of her sixth album and UK live shows next Spring.

Semper Femina is released on March 10, 2017 on Laura’s own label More Alarming Records/Kobalt. It was recorded in LA in late 2015, and produced alongside US musician/producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Jim James).

Alongside the announcement of Semper Femina, comes Laura’s directorial debut with the video for the first fruits of the record and the album’s opening track, Soothing. The inspiration for which was a series of vivid dreams Laura experienced whilst making the album.

Semper Femina was largely written out on the road, following the release of Laura’s acclaimed album, Short Movie, in Spring 2015. Its loose lyrical thread strings together her keen, freshly observed take on womanhood, and what Laura describes as a particularly ‘masculine time in her life’.

Marling said: “I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, 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, or 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.”

Laura follows the release of the album with a full UK tour throughout March.

Tickets are on sale now when pre-ordering the album via this link or on general sale from Friday, December 2.

The tour dates are (all March 2017)

8 – O2 Academy, Leeds
9 – Colston Hall, Bristol
10 – O2 ABC, Glasgow
12 – Albert Hall, Manchester
13 – O2 Academy, Oxford
14 – Institute, Birmingham
16 – Dome, Brighton
17 – Roundhouse, London
18 – City Hall, Salisbury