In terms of productivity, Laura Marling - still only 23 - is to acoustic folk strumalongs as Rihanna is to turbo-charged, sexually-aggressive R&B.
Since Marling's debut album, 2008's Alas, I Cannot Swim, she's released three more albums in quick succession, each building on that debut's folk template to take in Bob Dylan-esque lyrical wordplay and a less cutesy musical template that was introduced on 2011's brooding, A Creature I Don't Know (check out The Beast if you don't believe me). Announcing her fourth album, the Ethan Johns-produced Once I Was An Eagle (yes all the titles do feature six syllables for some reason), she plonked the organ-heavy Where Can I Go? on the internet, once again proving she's at her best when she allows the songs to slowly build from fragile acoustic plucking to something close to a full band showdown by the end. The second taster for the album is the rollicking Master Hunter, which was premiered on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show earlier this evening. Showcasing what sounds like an entire set of Lakeland pots and pans as percussion and featuring a vocal performance that harnesses a very Marling trope of sounding simultaneously calm and royally pissed off, it also features strange lyrical couplets ("I don't stare at water anymore, water doesn't do what it did before"), but hinges on a fairly direct chorus of "you want a woman who will call your name? It ain't me, babe". It's good to have her back.
• Both Master Hunter and Once I Was An Eagle are out on May 27 via Virgin.
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