After completing her GCSEs at 16, she joined her older sisters and settled in the outskirts of London. She soon joined a cluster of intertwined bands that were drawn to acoustic instruments and tradition-tinged melodies—the group formed a musical movement that was labelled “nu-folk” by the British press. Marling joined the original line-up of indie folk band Noah and the Whale and appears as a background vocalist on their debut album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down; however, she left the group before the album’s 2008 release due to a dissolved relationship with the band’s lead singer, Charlie Fink. Marling appeared on The Rakes track “Suspicious Eyes”, from the band’s 2007 album Ten New Messages, credited as ‘Laura Marlin’. Marling later collaborated with Mystery Jets and contributed guest vocals to the 2008 single “Young Love”. Early in her career, Marling’s band included members of the band Mumford & Sons: Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall.