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Latitude 2015

Laura Marling improvises and glistens in Latitude 2015 set

Adapted versions of songs new and old make for a special early evening set

Laura Marling and festivals are an odd mix, her powerfully intimate sound shining brightest in tiny rooms, concert halls and secret cinemas.

Her Obelisk Arena set tonight is the first of its kind following her fifth album ‘Short Movie’, and the first chance to see how the new material lends itself to sunsets in huge fields.

After the beautifully compiled intro quartet from 2013’s ‘Once I Was An Eagle’ proved a thunderous introduction, Marling followed with a completely alien, bluesy adaption of ‘Devil’s Spoke’.

‘Short Movie’ opener ‘Warrior’ is turned on its head from gentle acoustic to something even bordering on rockabilly, with ‘False Hope’ practically the only song in the set which stays completely true to its recorded self.

The story that accompanied every introduction to ‘Short Movie’ - of Marling moving to America to couch surf and get away from the music industry and fame - is now well-told, but her invention and camaraderie with the crowd throughout prove her time away has brought her back refreshed and trying to adapt and bend her music every way she can.

Her response to a heckler-of-sorts shouting for her first single ‘New Romantics’ paints the biggest picture, and one of an artist who has come so far and is still pushing every boundary.

Laura Marling’s love for all this is back, and tonight shows that ‘Short Movie’ will shine wherever she takes it.

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