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GOLDEN NOTE Laura is renowned for her strong voice, mature lyrics and magical folk melodies
GOLDEN NOTE Laura is renowned for her strong voice, mature lyrics and magical folk melodies

British folk singer Laura Marling finds Indian music a brilliant blend of intensity and subtlety

T onight the city will experience a swathe of new-age folk as British folk singer and solo artiste Laura Marling performs on her maiden India tour.

Here as part of the British Council's Soundpad project, which seeks to bring together musicians from different genres, heritages and musical styles, Laura and popular English folk rock band Mumford and Sons recorded with Papon Angaraag (Lead vocalist of Indian rock band East India Company). Post recording, the quartet and Laura embarked on a nationwide tour.

In the subcontinent for the first time, she described the experience as incredible. “There are so many places to see and the people are so easygoing. This tour is turning out to be quite an adventure,” said an excited Laura over the phone.

Encouraged by her musician father, Laura has been singing from the tender age of five. “Though I initially wanted to be a writer, my parents and friends motivated me to find my true passion in music.”

Laura finds Indian music to be deeply traditional. Reflecting on her recent performance with The Dharohar Project - Rajasthani folk musicians in New Delhi, she said: “Their music gripped me completely. It was incredible to see such intensity and subtlety blend in this captivating cultural display of generational music.”

Renowned world over for her strong voice, astonishingly-mature lyrics and magical folk melodies, Laura released her debut album “Alas, I Cannot Swim” in 2008 and will release her second album in March next year. With two EP's under her belt, the 19 year old has also performed at numerous music festivals such as the O {-2} Wireless Festival and Underage Festival among others.

More of a songwriter than a singer, Laura welds prodigious lyrics with a masterful voice. Some of her singles such as “Ghosts” and “Night Terror” among others are fine examples of her lyrical genius and her unique voice.

About her next album, Laura said the previous one was a younger version of her. “The upcoming album is more about getting older. I sing about the strengths of a woman and a purist form of egoism. It is a lot more rigid than my earlier songs and is a reflection of how I see life at the moment,” she added.

Laura describes her song writing as unconventional and out of the blue. “I often sit down and the lyrics simply flow. The structuring and finishing takes time but eventually comes out perfect.”

Largely inspired by legends such as Neil Young, Jeffrey Lewis, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell among others, the alterative folk artiste finds her identity in her music. She encourages upcoming artistes to stay true to their passion and find their identity in the right genre of music: “Finding your identity is crucial in making the right kind of music.” She looks forward to the final leg of the tour in Hyderabad and Kolkata after what she feels will be an good concert in Bangalore.

Laura performs tonight at the Kyra theatre, Indiranagar from 8 p.m. For more details contact 43389292, 9632203333.

ALLAN MOSES R.

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