Laura Marling: Indie-Folk Darling : World Cafe At 18, British singer Laura Marling takes an organic approach to songwriting, crooning about religion, family and romance. The folksinger has collaborated with Noah and the Whale, and is now out showcasing songs from her reflective debut album in a session with World Cafe host David Dye.

Laura Marling: Indie-Folk Darling

Alas I Cannot Swim

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Set List

"Rambling Man"

"Roll Away Your Stone"

"My Manic and I"

"Your Only Doll (Dora)"

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At only 18, singer-songwriter Laura Marling has already mastered a light and warm folk-pop style, undercut by dark themes and hints of psychedelia. Her vocal style remains intimate and soft-spoken as she touches on themes of religion, family and romance.

Marling's debut album Alas I Cannot Swim, produced by former bandmate Charlie Fink (of Noah and The Whale), is a humble and fragile concoction of traditional and contemporary folk. Though often likened to artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, Marling has a style that's rightfully her own.

Here, Marling joins host David Dye to discuss her brief stint as a member of Noah and the Whale and address those who think the new record is overly melancholic.

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