Laura Marling Announces New Album ‘Patterns In Repeat’

Alongside plans for an intimate London residency...

Laura Marling will release her new album ‘Patterns In Repeat’ on October 25th.

The songwriter’s outstanding 2020 album ‘Song For Our Daughter’ lit up lockdown, a work of passion and insight. Praising the record at the time, CLASH writer Rob Hakimian commented:

It’s clear that this is a very meaningful album for the songwriter, and it is sure to have a great impact on many of her fans who have felt similar turmoil through their early adulthood, or are recent mothers worried for the future of their children. In those respects, ‘Song For Our Daughter’ is a powerful and resounding success, and re-affirms Marling’s position as one of our most important feminist songwriters.

Launching a Substack earlier this year to discuss songwriting, Laura Marling made it clear she was in a creative phase in her life. New album ‘Patterns In Repeat’ is out on October 25th via Chrysalis/Partisan Records, featuring a crisp 10 tracks.

Sharing a lengthy note, Laura Marling mused on motherhood and creation…

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.

Being as I am, 34 years old, now 15 years and eight albums into a life in song, I am unable to escape the fact that each record has served as a time-stamped chapter of my life (though some have appeared more a premonition). Now, here we are, following a youth spent desperately trying to understand what it is to be a woman, I am at the brow of the hill, with an entirely new and enormous perspective surrounding me.

New song ‘Patterns’ is online now, and it’s typically exquisite – leaning on her folk roots, it also builds outwards, a work of incredible maturity.

Alongside this, Laura Marling has laid out plans for a pair of intimate residencies. She’s set to play four nights at London’s Hackney Church on the 29th, 30th, 1st and 2nd November and two nights in New York on11th and 12th November at the Bowery Ballroom.

Check out ‘Patterns’ below.

Tracklisting:
Child of Mine
Patterns
Your Girl
No One’s Gonna Love You Like I Can
The Shadows
Interlude
Caroline
Looking Back
Lullaby
Patterns in Repeat

Photo Credit: Tamsin Topolski

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