Laura Marling played three sold-out shows in NYC (video & setlist from St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church)
by Andrew Frisicano
photo via @RitaHouston
Earlier in the week, news came that Laura Marling had earned her third Mercury Prize nomination, this time for her spare, enigmatic fourth record, Once I Was an Eagle. That album, delicately produced by Ethan Johns, explores dark themes — isolation, loss of faith, the dissolution of a relationship — in a way that melds open-tuned guitar-work, winding melodies and a gothic lyrical sense.
The stained-glass-lined hall of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, where she played Wednesday night (9/11), was an ideal place to celebrate the nod (and cap her NYC visit which also included two sold-out shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg). In front of the gathered congregation, Marling started out with the new album’s first four songs, some of her best music yet, without a pause. On stage with just a guitar — touring with a band was getting too logistically bothersome, she quipped — raging numbers like “Master Hunter” and “Rambling Man” didn’t lose any fire in the pared down setting.
In a mid-set interview with WFUV’s Rita Houston, Marling talked about her collection of records from 1969: LPs by David Axelrod, Jim Sullivan, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood. Not that those influences have leaked into her songwriting yet. And it may take a while: Looking at Marling’s live set lists, she already has a cache of new tunes ready to go. A yet-to-be-recorded song, which she admitted to writing post-move, seemed to take some at least one cue from her new Los Angeles location. “One day soon I’m gonna be a movie star,” she sang. The performance doubled as a live taping for NYC radio station WFUV — listen for it later in September.
Videos and set list are below…
Laura Marling @ St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church 9/11/2013 setlist
“Take the Night Off”
“I Was an Eagle”
new song/s (“One Day Soon”)
“What He Wrote”
“Saved These Words”