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Heartbreak yields inspiration for Marina and the Diamonds

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Put Marina Diamandis on the list of singer-songwriters who have derived an album's worth of songs from a single relationship -- but not, she notes, in an Adele or Taylor Swift kind of way.

The Welsh-born Diamandis, who fronts the group Marina and the Diamonds, says she drew on an "actual relationship" while writing the group's 2012 sophomore album "Electra Heart." But it's not quite as obsessive as that may sound.

"The album really isn't about that one particular person," Diamandis, 27, explains. "It's three songs about that relationship -- 'Homewrecker,' 'Primadonna' and 'Bubblegum Bitch' -- and the rest is just a reflection on that, on heartbreak and love and how one relationship can really change your perspective on future relationships."

Also running through the songs, she add, is "just a feeling of not really having lived your life and acknowledging that and letting it go. You hear that in songs like 'Teen Idle' [cq] and 'Fear and Loathing.' So it's not all about one thing."

"Electra Heart" has kept Marina and the Diamonds on the road since its release, including a stint opening for Coldplay. But she's also been thinking about her next album, and the warm response to "Electra Heart's" more electronic flavor -- it even hit No. 2 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart -- has made confident to stretch even further the third time out.

"I have some ideas," Diamandis says. "I think I'll always remain in the pop vein because I don't like music that's really abstract. And my show's always going to be theatrical and high-energy, and I Have to think about that as well when I'm writing music.

"But it's so liberating now. I feel like I can go into any go into any genre now and that people don't expect a certain something from me. That's a since feeling -- as a songwriter, anyway."

Marina and the Diamonds and Charli XCX perform Wednesday, May 22, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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