Celebrating the release of her third LP “FROOT” Marina (sand Diamonds) took to the small Rough Trade stage for a mini acoustic set accompanied by just a guitarist and gleefully tacky balloons spelling out the album title. Stripped of all the production heard on the album, her voice beautifully cut through the hundreds of piercing teenage girl screams. Beautiful and charming on stage, as always, she left no doubt of her true vocal ability. Wearing an almost-raspberry beret (seriously is she trying to kill me?) and a shirt reminding us all that we look GORGEOUS (why thank you) she modestly stepped onto the stage and expressed sincere gratitude for Rough Trade for hosting the event, reminding us all to support local independent record stores, since Rough Trade in the UK was the first to sell her hand made EPs oh so long ago.
This is the third time I’ve had the pleasure of shooting Marina and the Diamonds and I hope it’s not the last. I’m not embarrassed to admit I waited a good 90 minutes to get my record signed. I can’t remember the last time I did that. Shame it was a bit rushed at the end. I didn’t have the chance to ask her out for a drink while she’s in town. Heres hoping she reads this and rushes out to contact me. She said her self “They say good things come to those who wait but I ain’t in a patient phase.”
I can dream can’t I?
FROOT is out now (Atlantic Records) and available on everywhere