Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Marina Diamond and the fluttery eyelashes

Marina & The Diamonds' big make-or-break single Hollywood is finally out next week. It's a great big whirling dervish of a pop song, with - as a better writer than me points out - at least three sections that make your tummy go all funny. In short, it is brilliant.

To celebrate the upcoming release, Marina has made a remix video featuring oddball Canadian artist Gonzales (check out his utterly bonkers single "Take Me To Broadway" from 2001).

The flickery, black-and-white footage is, allegedly, recently discovered archive tape from an Estonian pop show. I'm not sure I believe that. But I do believe in Marina's awesomely crimped tresses.


Marina & The Diamonds - Hollywood (Gonzales mix)

As an aside, I asked Marina to name her three biggest influences last month. Her answer got cut from the reasulting BBC Sound of 2010 article, but I thought it was an interesting insight. So here it is:

Q: Who are your three musical heroes?
A: Brody Dalle from the Distillers – she’s very strong and has probably the best voice I’ve ever heard. Very, very rough and masculine.

Daniel Johnson, because he’s schizophrenic but he still manages to tour. He has very sweet, innocent, childlike songs.

And Madonna because she has achieved the pop dream, which is to create your own art, to be popular on a mass level, and to do something for feminism, even if it's not in a very obvious way.

Hollywood is out next week, and Marina's debut album, The Family Jewels follows on 22nd February.

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