We fell hard for Marina of Marina & The Diamonds all the way back in 2010, during a particularly riveting performance at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms. Three albums later, she has been truncated to simply Marina, and is preparing to release a fourth long player, the dual-conceptual and unambiguously titled Love + Fear (out April 26 via Atlantic).
The second single from the “Love” collection is the earnestly poignant “To Be Human,” an incisive meditation on what it means to be these flesh and blood beings that we are. Her lyrics very much convey a personal conflict: “All the things that I’ve done and I’ve seen / Still I don’t know, don’t know what it means.” But when she attempts to steer the conversation towards hopefulness – “And anywhere you go, you’ll see / People are just like you and me” – we must admit that we struggle these days to share in her optimism.
The accompanying video depicts a globalized world united by love and ideology, with specific references to Black Lives Matter, gun control, and Soviet protestors.
“Thematically, ‘To Be Human’ sums up the head space that I’ve come from in the past three years,” she elucidates. “I talk about unity, name checking a lot of places around the world to create this picture of humanity, because in our current political climate we are constantly being made to see different people as ‘other’, and I hate that.”