NME’s 10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week - (8/20/11)
1. Marina And The Diamonds – ‘Radioactive’ It’s a difficult trick, using superficiality as a Trojan horse for big ideas; like the old fairytales in which the awkward stepdaughter is challenged to use a sieve as a water-vessel. Born heroine Marina Diamandis, though, gamely plugs those holes with eyelash glue and hurls a colanderful of concept right in your face. The synth-noir ‘Fear And Loathing’, debuted last week, introduced Marina’s newly conceived anti-heroine Electra Heart; in this second instalment of her story, this dangerous platinum blonde goes on the run with her dissolute US fantasies in the spirit of all the best underbelly-of-the-American Dream films, from Badlands to Wild At Heart, from Paris, Texas to True Romance.
And the song? Produced by Rihanna collaborators Stargate, it’s could be as massive as ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, inhabiting the same world of synth-stabbed, silvery euphoria. “When you’re around me I’m radioactive… my blood is radioactive”, moans Marina. Only she, though, would follow up such a perfectly vapid sentiment with “I’m ready to be let down/Now I’m heading for a meltdown”. Some will think she’s selling out; they better think on.
‘Radioactive’ hits the internet on Monday.
— Marina Diamandis. (via seedie-edgwick)