Laura Marling is back with a powerful, yet soft new album Song For Our Daughter.
The album is written for Marling’s fictional daughter, and by extension, her younger self. Song For Our Daughter revolves not only around Marling’s imaginary child, but as she reflects on the music industry, which shaped her late teens and early 20s, it’s about “the responsibility to defend The Girl.”
According to Spin, the album was written over the last three years, but was finished “a long time ago,” and set to be released in August. After the rapid spread of COVID-19 brought bouts of heartbreak, grief, and uncertainty to her fans, she decided to release the record early.
“It’s strange to watch the facade of our daily lives dissolve away, leaving only the essentials; those we love and our worry for them,” Marling explains. “An album, stripped of everything that modernity and ownership does to it, is essentially a piece of me, and I’d like for you to have it. I’d like for you, perhaps, to hear a strange story about the fragmentary, nonsensical experience of trauma and an enduring quest to understand what it is to be a woman in this society.”
Stream Song For Our Daughter below.