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Laura Marling announces motherhood-influenced album with acoustic dreamer “Patterns”

Laura Marling will release her new album Patterns In Repeat on October 25 through Partisan/Chrysalis. The new record was largely written during and influenced by the early stages of motherhood, as she explains:

“Over the course of nine months, I had happily prepared myself for the fact that my life as a songwriter would be put on hold while I adjusted to life as a new parent. How delighted then was I to discover that for the first few months of a baby’s life, you can bounce them in a bouncer and play guitar all day. For the first time in my life, I was able to gaze into another human’s eyes as I wrote.

“Of course, new parents feel like they discovered that feeling – one of the very finest that life has to offer, of looking into the eyes of your child and feeling the enormity of the picture as a whole, the enormity of a precarious life, celestial, fragile and extraordinary, taking its place among the comparatively banal constellation of a family.

“This banal constellation seems to have dominated the writing of Patterns in Repeat – the drama of the domestic sphere, the frail threads that bind a family together, the good intentions we hold onto for our progeny and the many and various ways they get lost in time. So much complexity in the banal, the caged, the everyday.”

Unsurprisingly, the “banal constellation” sounds anything but banal in the hands and voice of Laura Marling. Lead single “Patterns” is an finger-picked acoustic stunner that you can imagine her writing as she gazes over at her new child. The track is simple on its surface, but Marling’s poetic thoughts reveal greater depths on every repetition; she sees her daughter as an infant, but projects into the future to when she too might have a family, her own flock. The production augments these visions with subtly psychedelic echoes, whisper-sweet strings and world-expanding atmospherics.

Check out “Patterns” below or find it on streamers.

Laura Marling’s new album Patterns In Repeat arrives on October 25 through Partisan/Chrysalis (pre-order/save). You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

She’s also announced some intimate live performances in London and NYC:

29th October – Hackney Church, London
30th October – Hackney Church, London
1st November – Hackney Church, London
2nd November – Hackney Church, London

11th November – Bowery Ballroom, New York
12th November – Bowery Ballroom, New York

Tickets go on sale on Friday 19 July at 10am local time.