Marina and the Diamonds takes a bite out of 'Froot'
Marina and the Diamonds has found the "Froot" of her labor to be its own reward.
"It's been a really positive experience and an enjoyable one," says the singer, born Marina Diamandis, of her latest album "Froot." "I definitely think it's been the most creatively satisfying album of my career."
Diamandis is on the phone from Paris where she was getting ready to wrap the European leg of her tour. She plays the Fillmore Detroit on Tuesday, marking her biggest local concert to date (the show was originally scheduled at Saint Andrew's Hall, but it was bumped up to the larger Fillmore).
"Froot" is Diamandis' third album, following 2012's "Electra Heart" and 2010's "The Family Jewels." She sees it as the continuation of the ongoing story she is telling through her music.
"I didn't really set out to do anything (in particular)," says the Welsh singer. "I'm a songwriter, and ("Froot") is just documenting another section of my life. I don't really see my work in terms of (individual) albums."
She has a knack for pondering the big questions in the universe and exploring the nature of man, not small subjects to tackle in pop songs. On "Immortal," she contemplates life and love and what we leave behind when we die. "I wanna mean something to somebody else, feel a significance in the real world," she sings. "It's not enough to live out a lucky life."
"I think the general idea behind the song that I was exploring was that we're all going to die anyway, and so things that we're taught to care about in this life — status, material wealth — is really irrelevant because you're not taking any of it with you," she says. "So if you start to look at wealth in a completely different way, you're wealthy in life if you have amazing memories, and if you've experienced amazing moments. That's how you can get the most out of life. And that's the only way you can exist in other people's memories."
When she was making the album, which she co-produced with David Kosten, she was thinking about those ideas a lot. "But after I wrote the song," she says, "I never really thought about them again."
Diamandis, 29, grew up in Wales and Greece and began writing songs about 10 years ago. She self-released her first album through MySpace in 2007 and later signed a deal with Warner Music, which put out "The Family Jewels."
She has built up a dedicated following, and "Froot," released in March, debuted at No. 8 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, her best showing yet. Following her Tuesday show at the Fillmore, Diamandis is booked at a series of summer festivals, which she will follow with a larger tour in the fall.
Diamandis takes inspiration from the world around her; "Savages," one of the tracks on "Froot," was inspired by stories she was reading about the Boston bombings and the proliferation of rape culture.
"You don't understand how human beings can be so depraved and cruel, and that's a very hard thing to try and comprehend," she says. "I suppose you have to view things in a 360 degree light so you see both sides of human beings. Trying to marry that animalistic side and the logical side is very hard, and I think how we try to process it as humans is to punish behavior — like rape, for example — but for me, I want to know why it happens.
"It's trying to look at things like that in a different light, and trying to figure out what's at the core of being a human being."
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