Laura Marling and Hot Chip bring the noise to Sydney


When Laura Marling took to the stage for the first time in two years this week, she quipped that she’d been hidden from the public eye “like a caged animal”.

The British 30-year-old, who has been widely heralded as one of the greatest of her generation, stood alone in front of a tiny crowd of just 500 people at Sydney’s Oxford Arts Factory with an acoustic guitar as her only accompaniment.

Gently strumming the opening chords to Take the Night Off, she launched into a hypnotic four-song medley from her fourth album Once I Was an Eagle.

As her voice soared over the intricate guitar playing, the mute audience watched in an almost stunned silence.

They were then taken on a nostalgic trip that saw Marling revisit songs from her stellar back catalogue, including a spellbinding rendition of Tap at My Window, a song she wrote aged just 16.

Laura Marling hadn’t played live in two years. Pictures: SuppliedSource:Supplied

She performed alone with an acoustic guitar.

She performed alone with an acoustic guitar.Source:news.com.au

But this wasn’t just an unplugged greatest hits session for Marling. She showcased five new and unreleased songs.

In a self-deprecating manner she said she thought playing new songs live was “boring” for the audience, but the Sydney crowd audibly scoffed at the remark.

They knew they were witnessing something special and, if these songs are anything to go by, Marling’s upcoming album is destined to be a belter.

As you might expect from two years off the road, Marling appeared a little rusty on some numbers, occasionally making mistakes on songs she hadn’t played in donkey’s years.

But the way she laughed them off and referenced them after the song had finished just served to make the performance even more endearing and raw.

She’s playing shows at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, Adelaide on Monday, Fortitude Valley (QLD) on Tuesday and at the Meat Market in Melbourne on Thursday.

Tickets are available here.

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