Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south-west; the county shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone. Canterbury Cathedral in Kent has been the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, since the Reformation. Prior to that it was built by Catholics, dating back to the conversion of England to Catholicism by Saint Augustine that began in the 6th century. Before the English Reformation the cathedral was part of a Benedictine monastic community known as Christ Church, Canterbury, as well as being the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury; the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury was Reginald Pole. Rochester Cathedral is in Kent, in Medway, it is the second-oldest cathedral in England, with Canterbury Cathedral being the oldest. Between London and the Strait of Dover, which separates it from mainland Europe, Kent has seen both diplomacy and conflict, ranging from the Leeds Castle peace talks of 1978 and 2004 to the Battle of Britain in World War II.
England relied on the county's ports to provide warships through much of its history. France can be seen in fine weather from Folkestone and the White Cliffs of Dover. Hills in the form of the North Downs and the Greensand Ridge span the length of the county and in the series of valleys in between and to the south are most of the county's 26 castles; because of its relative abundance of fruit-growing and hop gardens, Kent is known as "The Garden of England". Kent's economy is diversified. In northwest Kent industries include extraction of aggregate building materials and scientific research. Coal mining has played its part in Kent's industrial heritage. Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt and its strong transport connections to the capital and the nearby continent makes Kent a high-income county. Twenty-eight per cent of the county forms part of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the North Downs and The High Weald; the name Kent is believed to be of British Celtic origin and was known in Old English as Cent, Cent lond, Centrice.
In Latin sources Kent is mentioned as Canticum. The meaning is explained by some researchers as "coastal district," or "corner-land, land on the edge". If so, the name could be etymologically related to the placename Cantabria a Celtiberian-speaking coastal region in pre-Roman Iberia, today a province of Spain; the area has been occupied since the Palaeolithic era, as attested by finds from the quarries at Swanscombe. The Medway megaliths were built during the Neolithic era. There is a rich sequence of Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman era occupation, as indicated by finds and features such as the Ringlemere gold cup and the Roman villas of the Darent valley; the modern name of Kent is derived from the Brythonic word kantos meaning "rim" or "border", or from a homonymous word kanto "horn, hook". This describes the eastern part of the current county area as coastal district. Julius Caesar had described the area as um, or home of the Cantiaci in 51 BC; the extreme west of the modern county was by the time of Roman Britain occupied by Iron Age tribes, known as the Regnenses.
Caesar wrote that the people of Kent are'by far the most civilised inhabitants of Britain'. East Kent became a kingdom of the Jutes during the 5th century and was known as Cantia from about 730 and recorded as Cent in 835; the early medieval inhabitants of the county were known as the Kent people. These people regarded the city of Canterbury as their capital. In 597, Pope Gregory I appointed the religious missionary as the first Archbishop of Canterbury. In the previous year, Augustine converted the pagan King Æthelberht of Kent to Christianity; the Diocese of Canterbury became England's first Episcopal See with first cathedral and has since remained England's centre of Christianity. The second designated English cathedral was in Kent at Rochester Cathedral. In the 11th century, the people of Kent adopted the motto Invicta, meaning "undefeated" or "unconquered"; this naming followed the invasion of Britain by William of Normandy. The Kent people's continued resistance against the Normans led to Kent's designation as a semi-autonomous county palatine in 1067.
Under the nominal rule of William's half-brother Odo of Bayeux, the county was granted similar powers to those granted in the areas bordering Wales and Scotland. Kent was traditionally partitioned into East and West Kent, into lathes and hundreds; the traditional border of East and West Kent was the Medway. Men and women from east of the Medway are Men of Kent, those from the west are Kentishmen or Kentish Maids. During the medieval and early modern period, Kent played a major role in several of England's most notable rebellions, including the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, led by Wat Tyler,Jack Cade's Kent rebellion of 1450, Wyatt's Rebellion of 1554 against Queen Mary I; the Royal Navy first used the River Medway in 1547. By the reign of Elizabeth I a small dockyard had been established at Chatham. By 1618, storehouses, a ropewalk, a drydock, houses for officials had
65daysofstatic are an experimental rock band from Sheffield, England. Formed in 2001, the band is composed of instrumentalists Paul Wolinski, Joe Shrewsbury, Rob Jones and Simon Wright; the band’s music has been described as heavy, guitar-driven instrumental post-rock, interspersed with live drums and off-beat sampled drums akin to those of IDM artists, although they have continued to evolve their sound by incorporating electronic music and bass and glitch music. They have been described as, "a soundtrack to a new dimension, where rock and electronica are equals."The band's first album, The Fall of Math, was released in September 2004, to critical acclaim, described as "an album that can retain the dynamics, fraught tension and climactic explosiveness of its peers and influences, whilst still sounding like one of the most urgent and direct long-player releases of the year." The band released a further four studio albums, One Time for All Time, The Destruction of Small Ideas, We Were Exploding Anyway and Wild Light, a soundtrack, Silent Running.
During the Game Awards 2014, it was announced that they would be providing the soundtrack for the video game No Man's Sky, followed by a live performance. An album containing music from the soundtrack, entitled No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe, was released in August 2016. During September 2017, the band announced new work involving algorithmic techniques, titled Decomposition Theory; the band was formed in 2001 as a three-piece, consisting of Joe Shrewsbury, Paul Wolinski and Iain Armstrong. The line-up of the band has changed somewhat since its initial formation with Feedle, a fellow member of the Tefosav collective, joining in March 2003, playing a part in writing the band's first single from The Fall of Math, "Retreat! Retreat!", drummer Rob Jones making the band a five-piece before the departure of Armstrong in May and Feedle in July 2003. By the time of the release of their first EP, Stumble. Stop. Repeat, in December 2003, Gareth Hughes had jointed on bass guitar, increasing the band to four members.
Hughes left around the time of the release of The Fall of Math. Simon Wright took over on bass guitar. Members of other bands The Mirimar Disaster and Youthmovies join them in their live shows. In their early days the band was known as 65*daysofstatic, though this version was never used on any release; the origin of the name is unclear, with the band once stating that they took their name from an unreleased John Carpenter film called Stealth Bomber, starring Kurt Russell, that they had formed to create the soundtrack to. However, the lack of any further information regarding the film's existence makes this unlikely. Other theories include that the band took their name from the CIA's 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état during which the CIA put a white book instrument to use according to which 65 days of disabling the communication systems of a nation while spreading propaganda is enough to overthrow a country, or, as put forward by New Statesman, that the name was derived from psychological experiments conducted in the 1950s to 1960s, in which it was found that exposure to 65 days of white noise would render the listener insane.
Much of their early work consists of remixes and mash-ups of mainstream pop artists such as Christina Milian, Natasha Bedingfield and Justin Timberlake. One such mash-up, "White Noise Christmas", featured on the first Boomselection compilation CD; some of these were unofficially released on Unreleased/Unreleasable Volume 1 and Volume 2 in 2003 and 2005 respectively. The band wrote their own music, releasing their first EP, Stumble. Stop. Repeat, in December 2003 on their own label, Dustpunk Records. Recorded at 2fly studios in Sheffield in four days their first album was released on 20 September 2004, to considerable critical praise. To promote the album, the band released a single, "Retreat! Retreat!", in November 2004, embarked on two tours, firstly around the time of release and again in January and February 2005. Their second EP, was released in March 2005, with the title-track taken from The Fall of Math and the band toured again in April and June of that year, with new material played in the latter tour.
During summer 2005, the band returned to the studio, intending to write an EP as a follow-up to The Fall of Math. However, the resulting tracks were released as their second album in October 2005. At the same time the band released a DVD, the third release in the Unreleased/Unreleasable series, entitled Volume 3: The Kids Have Eyes; this DVD was their final release on Dustpunk Records. To promote this album, 65 embarked on another UK tour in October, their fourth of the year, with support again from YMSS. Although "Radio Protector" was the only track released as a single, a promotional video was made for "Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here"; this video was made by Medlo, their long-time collaborators, Lord Bunn, an artist responsible for many of their T-shirt designs. "Radio Protector" was the only track from One Time for All Time issued as a single. Released on 7" in February 2006, it was limited to 1500 numbered copies, with the first 1000 having a unique polaroid picture as the artwork; the remaining 500 have a digital copy of the thousandth picture as their artwork.
An error in the numbering meant that each record is denoted as being x of 3000 instead of 1500. The band auctioned off the copy numbered 1/3000 on eBay, with the proceeds going to Friends of the Earth. A further UK tour, entitled the "Radio Protector Tour", coincided with this release; this tour was sandwiched between further dates by the band where they supported Hundre
Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band were punk scenes of the mid-late 1970s, its first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including "Heart of Glass", "Call Me", "Rapture" and "The Tide Is High" and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop and early rap music. Blondie disbanded after the release of its sixth studio album The Hunter in 1982. Debbie Harry continued to pursue a solo career with varied results after taking a few years off to care for partner Chris Stein, diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin; the band re-formed in 1997, achieving renewed success and a number one single in the United Kingdom with "Maria" in 1999 20 years after their first UK No.1 single.
The group toured and performed throughout the world during the following years, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Blondie is still active; the band's tenth studio album, Ghosts of Download, was released in 2014 and their eleventh studio album, was released on May 5, 2017. Inspired by the burgeoning new music scene at the Mercer Arts Center, Chris Stein sought to join a similar band, he joined the Stilettoes in 1973 as their guitarist and formed a romantic relationship with one of the band's vocalists, Debbie Harry, a former waitress and Playboy Bunny. Harry had been a member of the Wind in the Willows, in the late 1960s. In July 1974, Stein and Harry parted ways with the Stilettoes and Elda Gentile, the band's originator, forming a new band with ex-Stilettoes bandmates Billy O'Connor and Fred Smith. Billed as Angel and the Snake for two shows in August 1974, they renamed themselves "Blondie" by October 1974; the name derived from comments made by truck drivers who catcalled "Hey, Blondie" to Harry as they drove past.
By the spring of 1975, after some personnel turnover and Harry were joined by drummer Clem Burke and bass player Gary Valentine. Blondie became regular performers at Max's Kansas City and CBGB. In June 1975, the band's first recording came in the way of a demo produced by Alan Betrock. To fill out their sound, they recruited keyboard player Jimmy Destri in November 1975; the band signed with Private Stock Records and their debut album, was issued in December 1976 but was not a commercial success. In September 1977, the band bought back its contract with Private Stock and signed with British label Chrysalis Records; the first album was re-released on the new label in October 1977. Rolling Stone's review of the debut album observed the eclectic nature of the group's music, comparing it to Phil Spector and the Who, commented that the album's two strengths were Richard Gottehrer's production and the persona of Debbie Harry; the publication said she performed with "utter aplomb and involvement throughout: when she's portraying a character consummately obnoxious and spaced-out, there is a wink of awareness, comforting and amusing yet never condescending."
It noted that Harry was the "possessor of a bombshell zombie's voice that can sound dreamily seductive and woodenly Mansonite within the same song". The band's first commercial success occurred in Australia in 1977, when the music television program Countdown mistakenly played their video "In the Flesh", the B-side of their current single "X-Offender". Jimmy Destri credited the show's Molly Meldrum for their initial success, commenting that "we still thank him to this day" for playing the wrong song. In a 1998 interview, drummer Clem Burke recalled seeing the episode in which the wrong song was played, but he and Chris Stein suggested that it may have been a deliberate subterfuge on the part of Meldrum. Stein asserted that "X-Offender" was "too crazy and aggressive ", while "In the Flesh" was "not representative of any punk sensibility. Over the years, I've thought they played both things but liked one better. That's all." In retrospect, Burke described "In the Flesh" as "a forerunner to the power ballad".
The single reached number 2 in Australia, while the album reached the Australian top twenty in November 1977, a subsequent double-A release of "X-Offender" and "Rip Her to Shreds" reached number 81. A successful Australian tour followed in December, though it was marred by an incident in Brisbane when disappointed fans rioted after Harry cancelled a performance due to illness. In February 1978, Blondie released Plastic Letters; the album was recorded as a four-piece as Gary Valentine had left the band in mid 1977. Plastic Letters was promoted extensively throughout Asia by Chrysalis Records; the album's first single, "Denis", was the Rainbows' 1963 hit. It reached number two on the British singles charts, while both the album and its second single, " Presence, Dear", reached the British top ten. Chart success, along with a successful 1978 UK tour, including a gig at London's Roundhouse, made Blondie one of the first American new wave bands to achieve mainstream success in the United Kingdom. By this time, Gary Valentine had left and been replaced by Frank In
The Magic Numbers
The Magic Numbers are an English pop rock band comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters from Hanwell in west London. The group was formed in 2002, releasing their debut album titled The Magic Numbers on 13 June 2005, their follow-up album, Those the Brokes was released on 6 November 2006, The Runaway was released on 6 June 2010, Alias was released on 18 August 2014, their most recent album, was released on 11 May 2018. The Magic Numbers consists of Romeo Stodart, his sister Michele, Angela Gannon and her brother Sean Gannon; the Stodarts are the children of a Scottish father and a Portuguese mother and were born in Trinidad in the Caribbean, where their mother was an opera singer and had her own TV show. When the family fled an Islamic coup attempt there in 1990, they were raised in New York City. In the mid-1990s, when Romeo was 16 and Michele was 10, they moved to London; the Gannons are of Irish descent but lived in Hanwell, London where they became friends with their neighbours the Stodarts.
Prior to forming the Magic Numbers and Sean spent time trying to form a band together under various guises, performed under the name'Guess'. In late 2002 The Magic Numbers formed in their present guise, they began touring the London circuit developing their sound and building a small cult following, not least amongst some established artists including The Chemical Brothers, Ed Harcourt, with the latter influential in their signing to record label Heavenly Records, narrowly choosing that label over Rough Trade Records, their rise came swiftly, beginning in the summer of 2004 and that year when they began supporting well-known artists such as Travis, Ed Harcourt and Snow Patrol and appearing on the bill of some low-key UK festivals, building a larger following by increasing their live performances. In November 2004, they released a limited edition 7" vinyl single, "Hymn for Her", to coincide with a three-show residency at The Borderline in London. On the back of releasing just one commercially available single, "Forever Lost", before their debut album was released, they played a sold-out show to a crowd of over 2,000 at The Forum in Kentish Town, where a limited number of live albums of the gig were released.
They played their first live session on UK radio on the Dermot O'Leary Show for BBC Radio 2. Their eponymous debut album was recorded in late 2004 and early 2005 at Metropolis Studios in London, released on 13 June 2005; the album was recorded by American producer Craig Silvey. Prior to release, only "Forever Lost" was promoted as a commercial single; this was followed up by single releases "Love Me Like You", "Love's a Game" and "I See You, You See Me". Following the release of their debut album, the remainder of 2005 and the first few months of 2006 were spent touring and promoting their album and singles, throughout the UK and United States, across Europe and in New Zealand and Japan, their Japanese tour was featured as a side documentary on Jonathan Ross's Japanorama. They received a large amount of press attention for being the first band to walk off the TV show Top of the Pops after host Richard Bacon insulted their physiques shortly before they were due to appear on the show to promote their single "Love Me Like You".
The album was shortlisted in 2005 for the coveted Mercury Music Prize. After their heavy touring and promotion of their self-titled debut, The Magic Numbers would return in autumn of 2006 with their follow-up album, Those the Brokes; the band did another extensive run of shows to promote and tour for the album, including supporting The Who in Southampton, an appearance at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival. The album was recorded in New York at Allaire Studios in Spring 2006, a venue, used in the past by David Bowie, The Strokes and Ryan Adams, was recorded and engineered by Richard Wilkinson. A live album entitled Live at the Kentish Town Forum was released in February 2007, featuring a live performance of songs from both of the band's two albums; the band took some time off during 2008, before reconvening in late 2009 to begin work on their third studio album. The band's website was updated to inform fans; the album was produced by Romeo Stodart with Valgeir Sigurðsson, who has worked with artists such as Björk, Bonnie Prince Billy and Múm.
The album was mixed by Ben Hillier, features string arrangements by the late Robert Kirby, who worked on Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left album. The album was released on 26 July 2010; the Magic Numbers played at the 2010 Splendour in the Grass festival. During their time in Australia, they did shows in Melbourne and Sydney with Blue Mountains band Cloud Control, they played at the annual Glastonbury Festival. In 2012, Michele Stodart released a solo album with a strong country music influence, Wide-Eyed Crossing, accompanying herself on the guitar, it was promoted on a solo tour by Stodart. In 2016, she released Pieces, on One Little Indian Records; the album featured guest appearances from her brother Romeo Stodart and singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams. In May 2013, The Magic Numbers announced their first-ever acoustic tour; the five-week tour saw the band play in the intimate surroundings of some of the most beautiful theatres and live music venues across the UK and Ireland supported by British act Goldheart Assembly.
The band's fourth album Alias was released in August 2014. In November 2015, The Magic Numbers toured the UK wi
The Twilight Sad
The Twilight Sad are a Scottish post-punk/indie rock band, comprising James Graham, Andy MacFarlane, Johnny Docherty, Brendan Smith and Sebastien Schultz. The band are signed to Rock Action Records and have released five albums, as well as several EPs and singles, their 2007 debut album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, drew widespread acclaim from critics, who noted Graham's thick Scottish accent and MacFarlane's dense sonic walls of shoegazing guitar and wheezing accordion. The Twilight Sad's notoriously loud live performances have been described as "completely ear-splitting", the band toured for the album across Europe and the United States throughout 2007 and 2008. Sessions inspired by stripped-down and reworked live performances yielded the 2008 mini-album, Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did, their second album, Forget the Night Ahead, marked a shift in the band's direction. Recording sessions for the album produced the mid-2010 release The Wrong Car, which followed the departure of founding bassist Craig Orzel in February 2010.
The Twilight Sad's third album, No One Can Ever Know, was released in February 2012 and marked another stylistic shift, with the band citing industrial music and krautrock influences for a darker, sparser sound. The band's fourth album, entitled Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, was released in late October 2014 to universally positive reviews, was the band's last album with founding member Mark Devine, who left amicably in January 2018; the Twilight Sad's fifth studio album, It Won/t Be Like This All the Time, was released in January 2019 to further critical acclaim. The band describes their sound as "folk with layers of noise", music critics have described the band as "perennially unhappy" and "a band that inject some real emotion and dynamic excitement into a comparatively standard template." The foundation for the group started in Kilsyth and the neighbouring village of Banton, when vocalist James Graham met guitarist Andy MacFarlane in high school and went on to form a cover band with some friends, which included drummer Mark Devine.
After leaving school, they decided to take it more seriously. In late 2003, MacFarlane met bassist Craig Orzel in a bus stop and invited him to join the newly formed band, they took their name from a line in the poem But I Was Looking at the Permanent Stars by British poet Wilfred Owen, which reads "Sleep mothered them. Afterwards, they decided to take a more traditional approach, which led them to write their first song, "That Summer, at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy". In September 2005, they produced a 4-song demo with a 24-track desk, trying to get the best representation as possible, sent it over to Brighton-based Fat Cat Records. Alex Knight, co-founder of the label, went to Glasgow to watch the band perform their third gig and signed them on the spot; the demo recordings were issued commercially on a split cassette tape release with Frightened Rabbit for Record Store Day in 2011. The band credit Planet Sound for giving them their first review, when a demo of their song "That Summer, at Home I Had Become the Invisible Boy" received a 9/10 rating from the magazine in 2005.
James Graham remarked, "That was the first review we had... we were thrilled. It gave us a lot of confidence we were on the right path." The band's first commercial release, their self-titled EP, was mixed by label mate Max Richter and released in November 2006 in the United States only. They proceeded to play the fourth gig of their career at New York's CMJ Music Marathon. During this time the band toured with Micah P. Hinson and participated in 2007's South by Southwest music festival before their debut album was released, their debut studio album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, was released in April 2007, featuring production from guitarist Andy MacFarlane and mixed by Peter Katis. The album was recorded over a short period of just three days, the songs featured were the first ones the band had written, it received good critical reception from independent media. In July 2007, the band contributed a cover of Radiohead's "Climbing Up the Walls" to the download-only compilation Stereogum Presents...
OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer, a track-for-track collection of covers commemorating the 10th anniversary of Radiohead's OK Computer album. Inspired by a stripped down performance at London's Union Chapel, the band reworked some of the songs on Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters for a new mini-album entitled Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did, released in June 2008. During this time, the band supported acts such as Mogwai, The Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol, David Pajo, Beirut, Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild. During their winter tour with Mogwai, the band released Killed My Parents and Hit the Road, a compilation of live recordings, acoustic demos, unreleased material; the band released their second studio album, Forget the Night Ahead, in September 2009. Musically, they described the album as "noisier and bigger", where they experimented with a lot of instruments and different sounds, including fire extinguishers; the album was released to further critical acclaim, was supported by multiple tours of Europe and the United States.
On 8 February 2010, it was announced that founding bassist Craig Orzel had le
Laura Beatrice Marling is a British folk singer-songwriter. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, was nominated for the same award at the 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 Brit Awards. Born in Berkshire in southeast England, Marling joined her older sisters in London at 16, to pursue a career in music, she played with a number of groups, released her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim in 2008. Her first album, her second album I Speak Because I Can, her fourth album Once I Was an Eagle were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, 2013, respectively, her sixth record, Semper Femina, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Folk Album category. Marling was born in Berkshire, the youngest of three daughters, her mother is a music teacher. I couldn't slot myself into the age-appropriate genre", she learned guitar at an early age. Marling attended Waverley Primary School in Finchampstead and received a scholarship to attend Leighton Park School, a private Quaker school in Reading, Berkshire.
During her secondary school years she was afraid of death. After completing her GCSEs at 16, she joined her older sisters and settled in the outskirts of London, she soon joined a cluster of intertwined bands that were drawn to acoustic instruments and tradition-tinged melodies—the group formed a musical movement, labelled "nu-folk" by the British press. Marling joined the original line-up of indie folk band Noah and the Whale and appears as a background vocalist on their debut album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down. Marling appeared on The Rakes track "Suspicious Eyes", from the band's 2007 album Ten New Messages, credited as'Laura Marlin'. Marling would collaborate with Mystery Jets and contributed guest vocals to the 2008 single "Young Love". Early in her music career, Marling's band included members of the band Sons, she was invited to tour with Jamie T. She has toured with a number of other musicians including Adam Green from the anti-folk band The Moldy Peaches, she performed at the 2007 O2 Wireless Festival and performed at the first Underage Festival in August 2007 at Victoria Park, East London, before releasing her debut EP "London Town" on WayOutWest Records.
Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim was released on 4 February 2008, was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize. The album, as well as subsequent singles, were released on Virgin Records; the third and final single from her album, "Night Terror" was released on 27 October 2008, coinciding with a 6-date "Night Terror tour". Marling's television appearances include The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Later With Jools Holland, performing "Ghosts" and "New Romantic" respectively. In 2008, she appeared on Russell Brand's Radio 2 show alongside her sister, she once chose to perform on the street after being denied entry to one of her own performances for being underage. The follow-up to Alas, I Cannot Swim, titled I Speak Because I Can, was released on 22 March 2010. Produced by Ethan Johns, the album has a more mature sound and lyricism, dealing with "responsibility the responsibility of womanhood"; the album is preceded by the singles "Goodbye England", released on iTunes in December 2009 and "Devil's Spoke" on 15 March 2010.
On 28 March 2010, I Speak Because I Can entered the UK Albums Chart at Number 4. It was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. In 2013, NME listed the album at 263 in their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Marling's third album, A Creature I Don't Know, was released on 12 September 2011; the album reached number four on the UK album charts. During October 2012, Marling completed the'Working Holiday Tour' of the U. S. as a solo performer. At the time, she announced that the fourth album named Once I Was an Eagle, was finished and was scheduled for a February 2013 release. On 8 March 2013, Marling confirmed that the album would be released on 27 May 2013, would be released in the U. S. one day later. The fourth album's first single "Master Hunter" was released on 17 April 2013, while Once I Was an Eagle entered the UK charts at number 3. Following the release of the album, Marling revealed that she only listened to "music made between 1969 and 1972" during the songwriting process for the album, described it as an era when "guitar was becoming a kind of masculine extension".
Marling explained during the post-release promotional period that she sought a minimalist approach for the fourth album and, in contrast to the previous two albums, recorded all of the songs without a band. Once I Was an Eagle is Marling's third album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize; the 2013 award was won by James Blake. Marling revealed in a September 2013 interview that she had enough songs for a fifth album at the time, she will "maybe make this record and have a big, hard think about what I've done". During a February 2014 performance for NPR's "eTown" series, Marling played one of the new songs, titled "Born To Love". During a European tour for her fourth album, Marling expressed doubts about her long-term commitment to the music industry in an interview: When I play, I am much in the space where I was when I wrote the music. You could sl