Laura Marling announces new album ‘Patterns In Repeat’ with tender single ‘Patterns’

Laura Marling has announced her forthcoming album ‘Patterns In Repeat’ and has shared the tender lead single ‘Patterns’.

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‘Patterns In Repeat’ marks Marling’s first release in four years and is set for release on October 25 via Chrysalis/Partisan. The first taster of the LP came in the form of ‘Patterns’ a soft and tender track that features gentle plucking from an acoustic guitar as Marling sings: “And as those years go by they’ll look upon you kindly like a friend / A pattern in repeat / And never ends,” discussing the repeating rhythms in life.

You can pre-order/pre-save the album here. Written, recorded and produced by Marling herself at her home studio in London, ‘Patterns In Repeat’ was written after the birth of her daughter in 2023 and finds the musican reflecting the patterns at play in the constellation of a family.

It follows her previous full-length effort, 2020’s ‘Song For Our Daughter‘ which was written figuratively, and from the perspective of writing to and about a fictional daughter. Speaking about the new album in a press release, Marling said: “Over the course of nine months, I had happily prepared myself for the fact that my life as a songwriter would be put on hold while I adjusted to life as a new parent. How delighted then was I to discover that for the first few months of a baby’s life, you can bounce them in a bouncer and play guitar all day.

“For the first time in my life, I was able to gaze into another human’s eyes as I wrote. Of course, new parents feel like they discovered that feeling – one of the very finest that life has to offer, of looking into the eyes of your child and feeling the enormity of the picture as a whole, the enormity of a precarious life, celestial, fragile and extraordinary, taking its place among the comparatively banal constellation of a family. This banal constellation seems to have dominated the writing of Patterns in Repeat – the drama of the domestic sphere, the frail threads that bind a family together, the good intentions we hold onto for our progeny and the many and various ways they get lost in time. So much complexity in the banal, the caged, the everyday.”

She continued: “Being as I am, 34 years old, now 15 years and 8 albums into a life in song, I am unable to escape the fact that each record has served as a time-stamped chapter of my life (though some have appeared more a premonition). Now, here we are, following a youth spent desperately trying to understand what it is to be a woman, I am at the brow of the hill, with an entirely new and enormous perspective surrounding me.”

Laura Marling ‘Patterns In Repeat’ album artwork. Credit: PRESS

Laura Marling ‘Patterns In Repeat’ tracklist is: 

‘Child of Mine’
‘Your Girl’
‘No One’s Gonna Love You Like I Can’
‘The Shadows’
‘Looking Back’
‘Patterns in Repeat’

Marling also announced a handful of live gigs in London and New York set to commence later this year. She will play a four night run at Hackney Church in London in October and two night’s at New York’s Bowery Ballroom in November. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday July 19 at 10am local time. Check out a full list of dates below and visit here to purchase London tickets and here for New York tickets.

Laura Marling 2024 UK and US tour dates are: 

29 – Hackney Church, London
30 – Hackney Church, London

1 – Hackney Church, London
2 – Hackney Church, London
11 – Bowery Ballroom, New York
12 – Bowery Ballroom, New York

Describing Marling’s 2020 album ‘Song For Our Daughter’ in a five-star reviewNME said the record was a “lifeline for turbulent times”, adding: “The folk singer’s seventh album, a tribute to a figurative character, largely eschews percussion in favour of piercing words. It’s a graceful ode to resilience.”


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