Laura Marling has been influenced in a major way by Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, two rather famous Canadians. And I have suspected for a long time that Margaret Atwood has had some influence on the songwriter as well (see my earlier post). Make way for another Canadian influence. It turns out that one of Robertson Davies’ lesser known works, REBEL ANGELS, which is the first book in the Cornish Trilogy.
She told Mark Butler of FMV Magazine that the song SOPHIA was inspired by the book
“…which is about God’s female counterpart. In the book She was this nagging figure, God’s guilt, basically, keeping him on his toes, and I thought that was absolutely brilliant. So it’s an homage to Sophia, and to the idea of the feminine divine — which comes up in The Beast too. And it’s kind of two fingers up, and meant to be funny.”
Sophia means “wisdom”. Marling’s third album, A CREATURE I DON’T KNOW, will be released in the UK on 12 September, in the US 13 September, and is already out in Australia. ‘Sophia’ is the next to last track on the album.