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Laura Marling to release two albums in 2010

Laura Marling

Story by Jack Foley

LAURA Marling has announced plans to release two new albums in 2010.

The talented singer-songwriter will release her Ethan Johns-produced second album I Speak Because I Can on March 22, as the follow-up to her Mercury-nominated debut Alas I Cannot Swim.

The album will be preceded by new single Devil’s Spoke on March 15.

Laura is also set to release a second album this year with recording starting this March, again with Johns at the helm, and scheduled for release in September 2010.

I Speak Because I Can, however, is being described as Laura’s coming of age album.

Comprised of 10 songs, it’s billed as an album marked by its quintessential Englishness.

For all its American instrumentation, its shades of Crosby Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, its American producer, these songs are no pale Americana interpretation; rather they are tales deeply rooted in England.

Marling chose Ethan Johns to produce as she credits many of his earlier records (among them Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Emmylou Harris, Sarabeth Tucek) with kindling her interest in music, had long admired his way of working, his use of reels, his quiet, traditional methods of production.

He gave her the space to find her own identity; the record reveals in a new maturity, and at points Marling’s voice sounds a little harder, a little world-wearied.