My favourite Welsh pop explosion Marina and the Diamonds has been in hardcore touring mode for so long I’ve begun having new material anxiety.
It seems eons since I first listened to then indie EP The Family Jewels, and while her progression has been exciting and fun to watch, I’m definitely in the “the old stuff is good but new stuff would be great” phase.
Radioactive, the one-off single recently released by Marina and the Diamonds is a good stop-gap for all of us waiting (im)patiently for the next album but it’s very different than previous pieces. Radioactive takes a much more linear route into club territory than anything I’ve heard her do previously.
As a standalone piece it’s quite enjoyable but it raises questions as to the direction of Marina’s next album. Will it sound like this? If it does, will it be as strong as her older work? Stronger?
One of the side-effects of being online most of the day, nearly every day, is that the majority of music I discover comes to me now through online connections. It makes it somehow more exciting when I arrive at something I love through, ahem, analog avenues. Like recommendations from friends.
My outrageously fantastic friend @AndrewFStewart ambushed me with D.I.S.C.O by the Young Professionals a few weeks ago and I’ve been obsessed with the track since. Updating the 1980 Ottawan disco anthem "D.I.S.C.O." the track is infectiously dance-y, and a good intro to their deliciously fun 9:00 to 17:00, 17:00 to Whenever album which just came out.