April 12, 2009
Diamonds are forever
Marina And The Diamonds are the bee's knees.
There is a level of complexity to her songs and a depth to her voice that I'm not hearing in some of the other new electro stars on the scene (you know who they are). She hasn't sacrificed a great pop melody either. The band is recording their debut album now, but the first single/video Obsessions is out and an upcoming tune I Am Not A Robot! - the exclamation point is Marina's- is absolutely sublime. Hear both on myspace and you'll get what I mean about these tunes going beyond standard electropop.
Though Marina is not Anointed yet by the mass media, Peter "PopJustice" Robinson says, "She is sort of the best thing ever isn't she?" Indeedy. She also seems to be a real girl - I loved her recent blog post about gay cartoon characters. It also doesn't hurt that, like me, she has Welsh roots and is a complete pop culture maven.
Marina's single Obsessions is not available in the US yet, but it is on iTunes UK and Amazon UK, as is Mowgli's Road. A great blog called Kickin' The Peanuts has more on M&D. Fluxblog has another gem called Shampain Sleeper (thanks Andrew!).