Laura Marling Announces Surprise Album: ‘Song For Our Daughter’

Laura Marling shares details of new album released this Friday. New single ‘Held Down’ is streaming now!

Album cover artwork.

The news was revealed by Laura last night as she concluded the latest of her Isolation Guitar Tutorials via Instagram. She also shared ‘Held Down’, one of the many highlights strewn throughout another magnificent Laura Marling record.

Listen to ‘Held Down’ here:

‘Song For Our Daughter’ was recorded alongside producer Ethan Johns, and is Laura’s seventh solo album.

Explaining her reasoning for bringing forward the album’s release, Laura said:

“My new album ‘Song For Our Daughter’ is coming out this week, ahead of our planned schedule. In light of the change to all our circumstances, I saw no reason to hold back on something that, at the very least, might entertain, and at its best, provide some sense of union.

“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. 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. When I listen back to it now, it makes more sense to me then when I wrote it. My writing, as ever, was months, years, in front of my conscious mind. It was there all along, guiding me gently through the chaos of living. And that, in itself, describes the sentiment of the album – how would I guide my daughter, arm her and prepare her for life and all of its nuance? I’m older now, old enough to have a daughter of my own, and I feel acutely the responsibility to defend The Girl. The Girl that might be lost, torn from innocence prematurely or unwittingly fragmented by forces that dominate society. I want to stand behind her and whisper in her ear all the confidences and affirmations I had found so difficult to provide myself. This album is that strange whisper; a little distorted, a little out of sequence, such is life.

“I want you to have it.”

Laura Marling. Credit: Justin Tyler Close.

‘Song For Our Daughter’ – Tracklist

1.Alexandra
2.Held Down
3.Strange Girl
4.Only The Strong
5.Blow By Blow
6.Song For Our Daughter
7.Fortune
8.The End Of The Affair
9.Hope We Meet Again
10.For You

After several years of recalibration, this year will be another shift for Laura Marling: two new albums, (eventual) headline tours, and, one imagines, many more collaborations, experimentations and solo adventures to come.

New tour dates will be announced imminently. Laura’s previously announced US, UK and European tour dates have been postponed.


‘Song For Our Daughter’ is released on Friday 10th April via Chrysalis/Partisan. It’s preceded today with the first single, ‘Held Down’. Listen to ‘Held Down’ here on all DSPs.

❉ News source: Sonic PR.

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