laura marling is an alt-folk singer-songwriter from a small village just outside of reading. the story goes that she came to london with nothing but her guitar and a handful of songs. still just a teenager, her talents were soon noticed at early way out west (who released her debut single) and blue flowers gigs. on her debut album for virgin records she shows astonishing ability to spin heart rending tales of love and loss for someone so young. she has a breathtakingly pure voice that's equal parts regina spektor, bob dylan and joni mitchell. she is an extraordinary talent - voice, lyrics, music, presence. no wannabe celeb, aspirant popstar-babe. rather a determined woman with an overwhelming desire to communicate through word and music. if you have a heart you need laura marling in your life right now.