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Laura Marling announces new album ‘Patterns in Repeat’, shows in London and New York

The British folk star's latest is said to be directly inspired by the birth of her daughter.

By Nick Reilly

Laura Marling (Picture: Press)

Laura Marling has announced details of her new album Patterns in Repeat, as well as an upcoming run of intimate shows in London and New York.

The celebrated folk star’s eighth album arrives on October 25th via Chrysalis/Partisan and the first preview comes the first single ‘Patterns’, which you can listen to below.

It was written, recorded and produced by Marling at her London home studio and is said to be inspired by the birth of her daughter as she reflected “on the patterns at play in the constellation of a family.”

“The songs are grounded in a very specific and revelatory time in her life, diving deeper into her reckoning with the ideas and behaviours we endure through family over generations,” an official release explains.

“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,” explained Marling.

“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.

“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.”

She’ll also celebrate the release later this year with a string of shows at both London’s Hackney Church and New York’s Bowery Ballroom. You can see those dates and the album tracklist, below.

29th October – Hackney Church, London
30th October – Hackney Church, London
1st November – Hackney Church, London
2nd November – Hackney Church, London
11th November – Bowery Ballroom, New York
12th November – Bowery Ballroom, New York

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