The Grand Eagle Hotel is a temporary attraction in Hackney, London. It was created purely for a run of live shows concocted by Laura Marling and Secret Cinema and has been fabulously adorned.
That first step into the hotel, surrounded by swathes of guests dressed in 1920’s style clothing. Such an effort was made to fit into the era and it was all the more incredible for the short notice that was given. The tickets went on sale towards the end of May, and just over a week ago the details of the even were revealed, launching Secret Music.
It has taken me a few days to actually sit down and write a review of Once I was an Eagle. I bought it the day it came out and listened to it in the car on the way home. I’m not going to lie, at first I was disappointed but now I think it is a beautiful album of the same standard as A Creature I Don’t Know.
I remembered that Laura Marling’s music was made to be more personal, that playing it in a car was not the right atmosphere for it, so then I decided it must be a headphone album.
By this I mean that there are some things you can only truly appreciate via headphones. Songs can be layered and their true beauty can’t always be heard in a car or on a CD player, headphones are the only medium through which this can be heard. If there is anything we know about Laura Marling it is that her music is layered and understated and you never hear everything the first time round. (more…)