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Laura Marling On World Cafe

Only 20 years old, British folk singer Laura Marling recently released her second full-length album, I Speak Because I Can. Her sweet, mystifying voice and elegant guitar work first made waves on 2007's Alas, I Cannot Swim, and her sophomore release builds on that same winning style.

With a keen ear for melody, Marling's archaic lyrics often lend extra gravity to her already melancholy sound. Her confident voice treat love, heartbreak and death in ways that suggest a maturity beyond her years.

On this World Cafe appearance, Marling deviates from the bigger sounds and upbeat gallops in her recordings for a solo acoustic set. The young singer chats with host David Dye about her love of Jane Austen, feminism and folk singer Jackson C. Frank.

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