For those who have yet to be introduced to the artist knows as Marina and the Diamonds, here is a little info.  The name is purely a change on her actual name, Marina Diamandis, which is Greek for (you guessed it) diamonds.  There are no other members, although she refers to her fans as the diamonds.  Her style is varied but genuinely UK and something that would be incredibly difficult to introduce to the American market at large.  However, to those who appreciate the style (like us), Marina’s music can be a breath of fresh air.  Take “Shampain” for example.  To sum it up briefly, it is like Yaz with Kate Bush on vocals instead of Alison Moyet.  If that doesn’t whet your appetite, maybe she’s not for you.  The track is effervescent, fun, and honest.  The video feels like an attempt to recreate the zombie dance, and mostly it comes across as an odd mix of Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for this reason (with a little Lady Gaga “Paparazzi” thrown in for good measure).  This is a perfect slice of UK pop and something you should definitely tell your friends about.

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