The Greatest Song in the World This Week: Laura Marling – "Ghosts"

The Greatest Song In The World This Week

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In January it is only wise to be cautious of over-hyped ‘acts to look out for this year’, but if there is anyone to stamp all over such prejudices, it’s Laura Marling.
Despite having only racked up a mere 17 years on this watery sphere, Marling has already amassed a plethora of songs, not to mention sought-after live appearances including support slots for Devendra Banhart and Jamie T, performing on Later with Jools Holland, and sharing the bill with the likes of Bat for Lashes and Gruff Rhys at Field Day in August.
In anticipation of the release of the limited edition Song Box next Monday, which features a CD of Marling’s debut album Alas I Cannot Swim, an exclusive concert ticket and a set of album mementos, we are treated this week to a taster in the form of “Ghosts“, available for download on iTunes.

While “Ghosts” is the more radio friendly end of Marling’s catalogue, it retains the essence of what makes her so uniquely talented: Joni Mitchell-style confessional lyrics, a rich earthy voice more suited to someone who has been singing in smoky blues clubs for 17 years than to a teenager, and the folk guitar proficiency of a Witchseason regular. Let’s face it, you’re never going to get radio play pouring your demons into an acoustic guitar as Marling so perfectly does in “New Romantic”, although I personally don’t understand why!
If you can’t wait for the Song Box on Monday, “Ghosts” is available now on iTunes.

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