Even with the plaudits from last year's album 'I Speak Because I Can' still ringing in her ears (including Number five in VF's Albums of 2010), Queen of the British nu-folk scene Laura Marling is not one to rest on her laurels.
Having won Best British Female at both the Brits and the NME Awards earlier this year, her festival adventures this summer could easily, and understandably, been merely a victory lap.
Instead, as she’s graduated to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, reduced the Cambridge Folk Festival crowd to a reverent hush, managed to win out against an impromptu game of mini-rugby at Green Man and played triumphant sets at Camp Bestival, Wilderness, Honeyfest and last week’s End Of The Road, she’s treated festival-goers to a preview of her third album ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’.
Those who’ve taken in any of these performances will have already noted the more confident, darker nature of these songs, with the likes of ‘The Beast’ and ‘Sophia’ showing that her way with a story and a melody are as strong as ever – and VF has the whole album for you to stream below.
So what do you think? Did you see Laura on any of her festival dates? Let us know.
‘A Creature I Don’t Know’ is released on 12 September. See http://www.lauramarling.com for more details.