Some artists are delaying the release of their new albums because of COVID-19. Other artists, like Laura Marling, are releasing them early. Her new record, Song For Our Daughter, which hadn't even been announced yet, will now be out digitally this Friday (4/10). "In light of the change to all our circumstances," Laura wrote in a statement with the announcement, "I saw no reason to hold back on something that, at the very least, might entertain, and at its best, provide some sense of union." She writes more about it:

It’s strange to watch the facade of our daily lives dissolve away, leaving only the essentials; those we love and our worry for them. An album, stripped of everything that modernity and ownership does to it, is essentially a piece of me, and I’d like for you to have it. I’d like for you, perhaps, to hear a strange story about the fragmentary, nonsensical experience of trauma and an enduring quest to understand what it is to be a woman in this society. When I listen back to it now, it makes more sense to me than when I wrote it. My writing, as ever, was months, years, in front of my conscious mind. It was there all along, guiding me gently through the chaos of living. And that, in itself, describes the sentiment of the album - how would I guide my daughter, arm her and prepare her for life and all of its nuance? I’m older now, old enough to have a daughter of my own, and I feel acutely the responsibility to defend The Girl. The Girl that might be lost, torn from innocence prematurely or unwittingly fragmented by forces that dominate society. I want to stand behind her and whisper in her ear all the confidences and affirmations I had found so difficult to provide myself. This album is that strange whisper; a little distorted, a little out of sequence, such is life.

Laura has also shared the first single, "Held Down," a lovely piece of harmony-laden folk rock. Listen below.

On the down side, Laura Marling's North American spring tour -- which would've hit NYC this weekend -- has been postponed. New dates are to be announced soon. Stay tuned. In the mean time, you can take a virtual guitar lesson from her on Instagram every Sunday and Thursday at 2 PM ET.

‘Song For Our Daughter’ tracklist:
1. Alexandra
2. Held Down
3. Strange Girl
4. Only The Strong
5. Blow By Blow
6. Song For Our Daughter
7. Fortune
8. The End Of The Affair
9. Hope We Meet Again
10. For You