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In pictures: Mercury nominees

Laura Marling

Laura Marling, 18, has been called an "extraordinary young talent" for her debut album Alas I Cannot Swim.


Rachel Unthank & The Winterset are an all-girl folk quartet who won the Horizon Award at the 2008 BBC Folk Awards.

Neon Neon

Vice magazine said Neon Neon's record, Stainless Style, was "like playing Grand Theft Auto on ecstasy".


The Portico Quartet are a four-piece modern jazz group from London. Their distinctive sound is made by the use of the hang - a domed steel percussion instrument - which is used on all their tracks.

British Sea Power

Do You Like Rock Music? is the third album from Brighton-based British Sea Power, whose elaborate live shows have earned them a cult following.

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