Video: Laura Marling – “Flicker and Fail” (New Song, Live)

February 15, 2011

Earlier today, Laura Marling defeated Ellie Goulding and Cheryl Cole for this year’s Brit Award for Best Female Solo Artist, but it’s her performance at the BBC 2 Radio Folk Awards last week that has us a bit more excited around here. We can now add another tune to the list of live previews of new songs potentially off her next album: “Flicker and Fail,” professionally filmed for television and available to watch in all its Joni-esque glory above.

Here’s what Marling’s official site says about the song “in its current” form:

We say ‘in its current’ form because the foundations of this song were in fact laid down via a battered old (but still surviving!) Yamaha guitar over 30 years ago by LM’s own father. LM has revived and tinkered with the lyrics and melody somewhat and shaped it into something old but new.

Interesting. Sounds oddly familiar to a recent story about another English up-and-comer.

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