BBtv: Russell Porter with Laura Marling (music)

"Britain is overflowing with new ideas and imagination, especially when it comes to music," says our UK-based music correspondent Russell Porter in today's BBtv episode.

Russell is reporting in from the 2008 edition of the Nationwide Mercury Prize, where up-and-coming artists get a chance at instastardom, alongside established headliners like Radiohead or Coldplay.

After a brief introduction to the history of this prize (about 3:00 minutes in), Russell introduces us to the alt-folksy sounds of 19-year-old British singer-songwriter Laura Marling.

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Below, a beautiful animated video for the song she performs live during our BBtv ep — "Ghosts," directed by James Copeman. The song appears on Marling's newly released "Alas I Cannot Swim." Her album is offered in a really cool box set with original artwork.