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Laura Marling Plays the McKittrick Hotel

December 12th, 2011

Laura Marling – McKittrick Hotel – December 11, 2011


The McKittrick Hotel has become famous for its Sleep No More performances, so to see a Laura Marling show in its ballroom delighted some while confusing others. The dark underground space was perfect for the singer-songwriter—incredibly beautiful and built for quiet audiences and music with an eerie edge. Marling played a short set, starting with songs from her most recent record, A Creature I Don’t Know, with “Sophia” being a particular highlight. Surrounded by Christmas trees but never one for much between-song banter, she acknowledged her onstage likeness to a blonde Christmas fairy. Marling, her voice crystal clear, moved onto songs from her second album, I Speak Because I Can, and “Alpha Swallows” resonated perfectly in the space. Finishing with “Rambling Man,” she thanked everyone and disappeared behind a black curtain, hopefully to be seen again. —Lauren Glucksman

Photos courtesy of JC McIlwaine | jcmcilwaine.com