I got a press release that singer/songwriter Laura Marling will be debuting in America with her album, Alas I Cannot Swim, confirmed for August 19th on Astralwerks Records (although available digitally via iTunes and elsewhere on May 20th). This is kind of odd, but I've always associated Astralwerks with techno/dance, because Marling is more folk pop, than anything else.
Longtime readers to W♥M might have remember our mention of Mrs Marling, back when she was only seventeen... it looks like she's come a long way in just a year, selling out most venues where she performs live.
So far, for this year, she'll be in States in New York for two performances:
6/16/08 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
6/18/08 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
I am assuming more US dates are to follow, but in the meantime, she's doing UK dates (see sidebar for more details).
So, here's a little trivia about her Song Box: Apparently the boxset intended for Alas I Cannot Swim had a bunch of stuff designed by Marling, including postcards, trinkets, a concert ticket to see her in March (obviously no longer valid), and were really designed to associate to each of her songs. According to her:
Nobody buys records any more and people are listening to MP3s on bad headphones, using music for wallpaper. I want people to love music, I want people to treasure it, not just my songs, but treasure music.
Seeing as it's something well out of my comfortable price range (it's over $50 to have it imported to me), I will just have to deal with the cheap CD-R my friend gave me.
Maybe things will be more affordable once her album is available domestically... I am hoping for a reproduction of the said-Song Box.