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FEATURED ALBUM: Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down – Noah and the Whale.

April 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Peaceful, the World Lays Me DownNoah and the Whale. (2008.)

Noah and the Whale

What lovely music. The band cites both punk rock and folk as their influences, and while more of the latter is at first seen in their songs, the former peeks its way through in unexpected ways. Laura Marling is considered a member of this group, even though they switch out female singers, and so both this album and her solo work have some intertwining themes.
If you’re looking for something dark and visceral, you won’t find it here. However, you will find something beautiful. The lyrics themselves are like dirty pools left over after rain: sure, they’re a bit filthy, but they’re fun to jump in, and oh, how they shine in the sun!

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“2 Atoms In a Molecule”
“Do What You Do”

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FEATURED ALBUM: Alas I Cannot Swim – Laura Marling

March 19, 2009 1 comment

Alas I Cannot SwimLaura Marling. (2008.)

Laura Marling

Laura Marling (born 1 February 1990), is a folk-pop, singer-songwriter from Hampshire, England. Marling has toured with a number of well-known indie artists in the UK and beyond including Adam Green and Jamie T, who invited her on tour with him in 2006 after he attended her second-ever gig. (wikipedia)

Laura Marling is close to my age, so I’m in awe of her talents. Her voice carries maturity with it, so without knowing one would assume she sings of a lifetime of experience. She does, however, carry a girlish sensibility rarely found in those still not grasping at the sprouts of youth. Either way, she is confident, shy, vulnerable, assertive, and beautiful. And I’m only talking about her music.

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“Ghosts”
“Shine”

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