If I was to stick my neck out and make a tip top prediction for an act from our Christmas list, who's going to make a significant impact on 'muzbizland' in 2009, I'd say it has to be Marina and the Diamonds. She first cast a spell over me back in May with her intoxicating mix of dramatic piano led compositions, off kilter resonant angst driven singing and general maverick demeanor.
We appear to be in a golden era for producing talented female singer songwriters who have been wholesomely raised on a diet of Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell. Marina's songs are hewn from a similar rock and her ability to sparkle with catchy hooks, might just propel her into the mainstream market, now the general public's tastes are becoming more open minded to songs of unabashed individualism, since they've been softened up by the collective talents of Bat For Lashes, Likke Li, Feist and Kate Nash.
Marina has teamed up with the fledging boutique label Neon Gold Records. They are set to release 'Obsessions'/'Mowgli's Road' as a double A-side 7" single, limited to just five hundred vinyl copies on Valentines Day 2009. If you just can't wait until then, you can get a free download copy at http://neongoldrecords.blogspot.com/ and they promise future remixes from Giantess and Little Boots, hurrah! She is also busy working on her debut album produced by Liam Howe who has worked with Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Here we have the fab new video which is simple, graceful and beautiful.
Marina and the Diamonds - 'Obsessions'
Marina & The Diamonds, "Obsessions" from Neon Gold Records on Vimeo.