Music

MARINA and Her Diamonds

todayOctober 16, 2019 35

Background
share close

By Anthony Velasquez
Music Journalist

MARINA, formally known as “Marina and the Diamonds,” blessed us with her Love and Fear tour at ACL live in Austin on September 28. With a high energy opener (Broods) and four contemporary dancers/back up vocalists, MARINA had her life long fans at the edge of their seats. And for those in GA, a nonstop singalong and dancing craze.

Her latest album Love and Fear is a huge contrast from the preceding colorful album, Froot, but stays true to her writing style and lyrics. In many interviews she has expressed that she boiled down her emotions to two things “love” and “fear.” Bringing these ideas into the concert, MARINA and all four of her dancers/back up vocalists nose dived the crowd into a magnificent setlist beginning with “Handmade Heaven,” the first track on Love and Fear.

Love

Life began to fully take form in pop with her next two songs from her first two albums. “Hollywood” and “Primadona.” For “Hollywood” the stage glowed red, white, and blue, and, to the crowds surprise, halfway through the show the silver pom poms were brought out. The song finishes and within five seconds, Primadonna was performed. The crowd went wild and sang word for word.

Midway through the Love set, my favorite song off of Family Jewels was performed. For this, MARINA sat down on the second step of her stage and sang “I’m Not a Robot.” It was pure magic! The crowd and performers all singing a song together about letting you’re guard down and being vulnerable. Do you know the feeling of being in a group swaying back and forth while chanting “Na Na Na Na” at the end of “Hey Jude?” Well if so, the feeling was comparable to that.

“Teen Idle” finished up and, thematically, was perfect. It ended the love and growth portion with a reflection from the Electra Heart album (an angsty MARINA who had the need to express her adolescence, regrets and fear of being alone).

Fear

After a small dance number infused intermission and a costume change, MARINA hit the stage in a fitting turquoise outfit, ready for Fear. “Believe in Love” kicked off the second portion of the setlist and, like in Love, the second song was from Family Jewels

MARINA: “ I just want to know, do we have any Bubblegum B*****s in here?”

Crowd: *Raging*

Marina: “I thought so!”

To my surprise, “Bubblegum B***h” carried tons of bass. It was the perfect song to enter the Fear portion of the set.“Emotional Machine” was accompanied by vocalist Georgia Nott (from opening act Broods). Sang side by side, MARINA and Georgia exemplified one of many overarching themes in the Love and Fear tour: equality.

One of my favorite songs performed in the whole night was an unreleased song called “I’m Not Hungry Anymore.” The song was originally supposed to be released on the Froot album, but due to production it was cut from the track list. To finish the show, we were given the song that most of us know MARINA by and sang all four rules to “How To Be A Heartbreaker.” An iconic song, for an iconic woman on an iconic night. 

When all was sung and danced, I left ACL Live completely inspired and felt like a diamond. The concept of Love and Fear shone through not only MARINA, but her performers as well. With a small white stage and a 20 track set, the crowd and I left feeling like true diamonds.

Featured image by EchoInMexico.

Written by:

Rate it

Previous post

Daniel Johnston putting his guitar strap over his neck

Music

A Celebration of the Late Great Daniel Johnston at Mohawk

By Jillian JacobsMusic Journalist On Sept. 11, 2019 a legend passed away. His name was Daniel Johnston. Johnston was a key figure in the Austin music scene. He made his debut to the town in the '80s by passing out his tapes to musicians not to gain fame but to share what was on his mind. On Oct. 10, 2019, World Mental Health Day, lovers of Johnston gathered together to […]

todayOctober 16, 2019 18

Post comments (0)

Leave a Reply

top Tracks

Team Members

Socials

  • Chart track

    1

    Hellfire

    BLACK MIDI

  • Chart track

    2

    Sometimes, Forever

    SOCCER MOMMY

  • Chart track

    3

    40 Oz. To Fresno

    JOYCE MANOR

  • Chart track

    4

    Endless Rooms

    ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER

  • Chart track

    5

    No Past No Future

    SPACEMOTH

Full tracklist

0%
%d bloggers like this: