Laura Marling

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Laura Marling’s subtle, engrossing songs are colored with shades of anger, forthrightness, and self-criticism. She sings them with an agile, emotional voice, accompanying herself on guitar. Surprisingly, this British composer of worldly songs is only 17 years old. Laura Marling joins host David Garland to talk about and perform her songs, giving listeners a chance to hear this important new artist in advance of the release of her first album.

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Laura Marling

Comments [14]

Emily from Park Slope

Last night I saw her show at Mercury Lounge and it was just fantastic. We learned about Laura Marling from Spinning on Air...and there's starting to be quite a trend in my household of going to shows by SOA guests. Thanks for your awesome recommendations.

Jun. 19 2008 11:59 AM
Betsy Robinson from NYC

I just got the CD "Alas I Cannot Swim," and although I love it, alas, the title song is nothing close to the version she performed on Soundcheck. I wish I could find that version and download it as an MP3. If that is ever possible, I hope you'll let us know. In any event, I am thrilled to have discovered Laura Marling through your show -- the the CD IS available through

Mar. 19 2008 04:03 PM
Angela from Palo Alto

I too am very impressed and moved by Laura's songwriting. Thanks to you guys for picking up on her and having her on your show. I'm excited to watch such an artist grow.

Feb. 13 2008 12:55 AM
james antram from toronto,Ontario, CAN.

simply amazing...I love when artists get a chance to be embraced at such a young age like Laura...she has a great and hopefully uncompromising career ahead of her. Thanks.

Feb. 10 2008 02:04 PM
LTG from brooklyn

Thanks for introducing us listeners to Laura!

Feb. 07 2008 12:05 AM
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Feb. 06 2008 04:13 AM
Deirdre A. Cole from NY

Laura, ... What a beautiful voice you have! Both the SOUND of you and your WORDS and REFLECTIONS! You have a TREMENDOUS gift and SUCH potential! For even now, the instrument that is you (poet/singer-songwriter) is so potent! POTENT... POTENTIAL... I am sure I am not alone as I wish you an auspicious career that deepens and clarifies your soulful sound!
With kindness,

Feb. 03 2008 09:53 PM
Eve from Brooklyn

What beautiful, enchanting songs. Thank you so much for playing the interview, the songs performed live in the studio, and the versions from the album. I hope the album will be available in the US very, very soon--I would buy it in an instant.

Feb. 03 2008 07:59 PM
urnamehere from ny

I expected to hear that the words to 'alas i cannot swim' were from a thousand year old poem or folk song - as beatiful as her voice.

Feb. 03 2008 07:56 PM
catherine from purdys, new york

GHOST is a terrific song
thanks for introducing me to it

Feb. 03 2008 07:53 PM
judy from Brooklyn, NY

beautiful voice and such excellent vocal control. i think she's bound for big things!

Feb. 03 2008 07:51 PM
Peter from New Haven

Very much enjoying the performance. She's only 17!? I was shocked to hear that. Amazing.

Also, Mr. Garland, I spotted you the other night at Larkin Grimm's performance in Brooklyn (it was on Spinning on Air that I first heard of Larkin Grimm, thanks for that!). I wanted to say hi and thank you profusely for introducing me both to Larkin and to Mahler, two of my favorite people. You did a week of all Mahler on evening music over ten years ago and, though I'd heard Mahler before, that week was when I really caught the bug.

Anyway, thanks for continuing to produce good radio and for bringing so much music to my life.


Feb. 03 2008 07:49 PM

very special reminds me of a modern Joni mitchel

Feb. 03 2008 07:45 PM
paloma from Brooklyn

wonderful...great to hear her....thank you.

Feb. 03 2008 07:41 PM

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