Sheep in a Box next takes us to a particularly good artist for me, Laura Marling.
According to Wikipedia, she is a “British folk singer-songwriter.” That seems strange to me. I wouldn’t call her music “folk.” Just speaking harmonically, it’s much more interesting. Sometimes her work is almost modal. At other times, it seems like it was written on a piano with leading chords. But people call Jane Siberry folk so, so I guess it doesn’t matter.
It seems that I was familiar with her before. I’ve definitely heard Ghosts off her first album, Alas, I Cannot Swim. It’s a lovely song and typical of her early work. She has grown much more sophisticated over the course of seven albums.
Her most recent album is Song for Our Daughter. We’re going to listen to “Fortune,” which is one of those piano-kind-of compositions.
According to Wikipedia, it “is about a powerless woman unable to escape her circumstance.” All I can say is that I don’t get that from the lyrics. It appears to be a conversation between two people at the end of their troubled relationship. But I’m sure someone will be able to point me to an “interview where Laura Marling said…” You know how much I like that sort of thing!
It’s a beautiful song.
Song for Our Daughter album cover taken from Amazon under Fair Use.