Laura Marling – “Master Hunter”

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Laura Marling’s a master hunter. Who knows how a 23-year-old Brit found her voice in bluesy Americana, all echoey twanging guitar and Dylan references, as though she were telling you her stories from a rocking chair on a general store porch in the distant blue mountains somewhere beyond the passage of time, but Marling gets bitter deadpans and the sweetest sarcasm out of her choir-of-angels voice like an expert, because she is an expert. “Master Hunter” sounds like an event in and of itself, so when she repeats “I have some news; I have some news,” she’s calling your attention when she’s already got it, as though to drive in with her bootheel a kind of multireferential, winking dig: “You’re not sad, you live for the blues.” You live to hear Marling’s blues, or maybe to hold yours over her head, but: “Wrestling the rope from darkness is no fucking life that I would choose.” She shuts you down like it’s the end of her tallest tale about fighting the devil with her bare hands.

Laura Marling’s gorgeous Once I Was An Eagle is out today.

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