English folk songstress Laura Marling was barely out of high school when the songs that became her debut EP, My Manic and I, began hitting MySpace and turning a good number of heads. Her voice and lyrics were more evocative of someone twice her age, and her nuanced songwriting, played out primarily on acoustic guitar, was closer in spirit and accomplishment to female heroes like Joni Mitchell than contemporaries like Lily Allen. Virgin Records soon signed Marling for her first full-length, Alas, I Cannot Swim. Both of its follow-ups, 2010's I Speak Because I Can and 2011's A Creature I Don't Know, reached the British Top Ten, marking her as one of folk music's brightest stars in the 21st century.
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