Hitting the scene in 2007, a year before her debut album dropped, Marling was just 17 years old when she began to build a strong and steady fan base. Her debut album, Alas I Cannot Swim, not only gained her hoards of British followers, but a nomination for a Mercury Prize. Marling is an enchantress. Her voice has the perfect inflection and husky tone. She’s quiet and inquisitive. She’s sure and graceful, and has had such a presence since her debut; hooking fans with her rawness and sincerity.
This formula must be working for fans across the pond, Marling won “Best British Female” at the Brit awards and in 2011 and was nominated for the same prize in 2012. Hopefully, Marling’s personal move from Great Britain to Los Angeles will allow her the same recognition in America.
Marling, now 23, is working on her fifth studio album. In true fashion, she’s already unveiled some of the songs she’s tracking for the next album in her live performances. “David,” the first song featured in the video above, has already undergone musical changes. Going from a slower ballad to a more uppity tune, with fast and prominent guitar plucking to match the bittersweet lyrics, “David” has already become a fan favorite, without even being available for purchase.
No matter what Marling is working on, her songs remain artful and unique, and she’s always penning more. If thoughtful, raw, and perfectly crafted and plucked songs are what you are looking for this fall, as you cuddle in a cozy sweater and chill in the perfect weather, look no further than the sophisticated songstress, Laura Marling.