This song is ethereal and melancholy, but not in the climactic moment of pain and “I can’t remember what light looks like” type of way, rather, in the “life is hard and i’m tired and I’m not sure how I got here” way. It reminds me of the best parts of both Keaton Henson and of Mree except for Julien isn’t writing explicitly about a relationship (which is nice).
And even though I’m not in a “life is hard and I’m tired” season, I’ve been listening to it on repeat for days because it’s that beautiful.
Oh and the lyrics. The first ones are: “Wish I could write songs about anything other than death”. wow.
Here’s the link to the song (which is on NPR’s all songs considered). It’s a beaut.
(I’m currently trying to do homework in a coffee shop)
This is a video of Laura Marling singing with a guitar by a stream with birds chirping in the background.Sounds perfect for a love song from a young dreamy girl right? Wrong.
In this intelligent and feminist* song Laura Marling plays with the traditional role of a woman as a dove or small bird. In the Victorian era, a woman was thought of as a bird in a cage–good for pretty songs and not much else. Women were ornamental. Rather than accepting this imagery, Marling reverses it and muses about a past relationship where she was dominant and he was a “dove”. She also uses cold language and welcomes the ambiguity of whether or not she and her “dove” really loved one another. Laura Marling continually plays with our ideas and conceptions of love and I love it.