Not many artists manage to demonstrate a perfect mix of creativity and efficiency, but with five albums in eight years, Laura Marling has done exactly that: And the outcomes are brilliant. Marling’s folk melodies are coupled with interesting, analytical lyrics and new song ‘Wild Fire’ is no different, with Marling singing “Would you die to know how you’re seen? Are you getting away with who you’re trying to be?”

‘Wild Fire’ is the latest taste of what is to come from Marling’s forthcoming album ‘Semper Femina’ which is to be released on March 10th. Semper Femina roughly translates as “Always a woman”. This is a fitting title for her sixth album which is an exploration of femininity and female relationships. “I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought, it’s not a man, it’s me,” the English singer-songwriter has said in a statement. “I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them and by proxy, towards myself.”

A mix of fluttering percussion and gently strummed acoustic guitars go well with Marling’s soft vocals in her new song. ‘Wild Fire’ is a gentle folk song that has a breezy feel to it as Marling reflects on the search for purpose and identity. This is the second single the singer has released from her upcoming album. Fans have previously been given the album opener ‘Soothing’. ‘Soothing’ is quite different from ‘Wild Fire’ as it seems to move away from folk towards unconventional pop and has bassy, robust notes shouldering the main hook.

If ‘Wild Fire’ is anything to go by, this upcoming album will be among Marling’s best work to date.

Words: Scarlett India O’Toole