Marling, Laura / Cannot Swim
Album: Cannot Swim   Collection:General
Artist:Marling, Laura   Added:Aug 2008
Label:Emi Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-10-05 Pull Date: 2008-12-07
Week Ending: Nov 23 Nov 16 Nov 9 Oct 26 Oct 19 Oct 12
Airplays: 1 2 2 3 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. May 09, 2024: elemenohps and qs
Crawled Out Of The Sea (Interlude)
4. Jan 25, 2013: FOLKTRONICA
Night Terror
2. Oct 31, 2023: Traditions - Spririts, Spooks, and Spells
5. Sep 07, 2012: The Peninsula Report
3. Nov 01, 2013: FOLKTRONICA
My Manic And I
6. Mar 15, 2011: &tc. (sub for Indie English)

Album Review
Andrea L
Reviewed 2008-10-02
Marling, Laura /Alas I Cannot Swim/EMI/ 2008
18 year old Laura Marling from England has quickly launched herself onto the British folk pop scene. A self-taught guitarist who was clearly born to do this, she easily sounds as though she’s lived a lifetime in both her lyrics and production. She has a twist on the jazz folk singer songwriter of Joni Mitchell, taking complex arrangements and making them seem effortless. Outstanding album. All tracks are great.
Andrea’s picks: 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, Reviewed by Andrea.
1) 3:01 Mid, folk simple melody with nice touches beautifully produced folk pop.
2) 2:59 Slow song that makes the most of her husky lush vocals. Ends with rustling
3) 2:48 Slow gorgeous strings that match the vocals a pretty ballad that builds in a complex and gutsy way ends with giggling.
4) 3:21 Slow pretty guitars, vocals and a delightful piano that takes the role almost of a percussive staircase joining the elements of the song together.
5) 2:28 Up pretty pop song with her characteristic fascinating lyrics.
6) 2:24 Mid, darkly poppy concoction…mystically twisted. She could be slipping you a mickey whilst stroking your thigh.
7) 1:16 Slow starts acappella and builds like a rock opera.
8) 3:56 Up gorgeous tale of the crazy and befriending yours. Ends with background bar sounds that bleed to the next track.
9) 3:09 Slow stunning vocals that describe the terror dream with those twisted strings and the ominous toms. More scraping into next track.
10) 3:10 Up music with slow folk tale lyrics and vocals. “The wind and I we speak the same…” productions values are crazy solid.
11) 2:39 Slow starts with her solid guitar work, straight ahead…ends with birdsong that bleeds to next track.
12) 7:19 Slow tale of the late night free spirit that will not be caged…like the birds….an anthem leaning deeply to the Joni. Ends halfway in and then birdsong for over a minute, then a cute 2 minute and 12 second title track…Alas I cannot swim.

Track Listing
1. Ghosts   7. Crawled Out Of The Sea (Interlude)
2. Old Stone   8. My Manic And I
3. Tap At My Window   9. Night Terror
4. Failure   10. The Captain And The Hourglass
5. You're No God   11. Shine
6. Cross Your Fingers   12. Your Only Doll (Dora)