the guidon online

Filed under Reviews

“Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Throughout her nearly decade-long career, British folk musician Laura Marling has seen many evolutions. Her latest album, “Semper Femina,” lands her in one of the most intimate, constructive places she’s been to yet. Released on March 10, the album freshly delivers views on female relationships in the turning point of Marling’s late 20s.

“Semper Femina” derived its title from a shortened Virgil quote, meaning “always a woman.” In this album, Marling chose to write about women from a female perspective, something often missing in the artistic community.

The opening track, “Soothing,” starts the album with a marked departure from her trademark singer-songwriter sound. Intertwined bass melodies and a noted absence of guitar tell a story of repossession of self-identity.

Out of all the songs on the album, “Nouel” most closely reflects the simplistic, fingerpicked guitar traditionally heard from Marling. Referencing back to the album title, she sings of a personal friend who is living an independent and self-fulfilled life.

Though her previous album indicated a shift towards more of an electric L.A. feel, “Semper Femina” treads on English folk with an updated sound.

I think this album makes a strong statement in a time of political and social turbulence, and I anticipate it to be one of the better releases of 2017.

[email protected]

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

The Guidon intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. The Guidon does not allow anonymous comments, and The Guidon requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    “The Crucible” draws you in despite hatred of characters

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    Recent EP from Weeknd falls short of other works

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ offers nostalgia

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    ‘The Greatest Showman’ uses computer animations instead of real animals

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    ‘Lady Bird’ portrays adolescence realistically

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    Jaden Smith’s ‘SYRE’ reveals artist’s musical prowess

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ an interesting new installment for franchise

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    Illenium’s ‘Ashes’ powerful and great overall

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    “The Cabin” leaves you on the edge of your seat

  • “Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships

    Reviews

    ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a breath of fresh air

The School Newspaper of Hays High School
“Semper Femina” gives perspective on female relationships