U.K. singer-songwriter Laura Marling has had a packed career since she released her 2008 debut album, Alas I Cannot Swim, while still a teenager. Each subsequent record has been a critically acclaimed worldwide hit; her fifth full-length, Short Movie, came out last month.
Even for someone as young as she is — Marling is only 25 — that's a lot of work in a short period of time. After touring for Once I Was An Eagle and making an attempt at a new album, Marling found herself in Los Angeles at a dead end. More than just taking time off, she says she needed to re-imagine herself. On this episode of World Cafe, she discusses the extraordinary year she spent doing just that — and performs a handful of the songs that resulted.
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