Indie pop starlet Marina Diamandis, aka Marina and the Diamonds, will return with her new album, FROOT, on April 6th via Atlantic. The 12-track effort follows 2012’s Electra Heart and is previewed today by the opening track, “Happy”.
Much like its to-the-point title, the song is a bare-bones ballad that’s quietly backed only by the delicate purr of a piano. However, its austerity serves as its greatest strength and allows the Welsh singer to convey joy and exultation on her own terms — intimately, with much contemplation, and through the use of her emotive, porcelain-like vocals. If the album’s flashy title track is Diamandis lighting up the dance floor, confetti and all, “Happy” serves as the reflective and (much-needed) tranquil afterparty. Listen in below.
03. I’m A Ruin
07. Can’t Pin Me Down
09. Better Than That