By Mar de Miguel
Marina Lambrini Diamandis is Marina, we are the diamonds. This is how she explains her stage name, including her fans, The Diamonds. Derived from her last name, it is a stage name that doesn’t refers to a band, but to the name of this solo singer.
Greek father and Welsh mother, Marina was born 1985 in Abergavenny, Wales and raised in Pandy with her parents and two sisters. When her parents separated she moved to Greece, but soon returned to Wales, later to settle in London, where she currently resides.
Marina's music is influenced by PJ Harvey and Daniel Johnston, and could be defined as a pop style, or Indie pop, which sound is often compared to that of Kate Bush or Florence & The Machine. The music is somewhat cryptic, relatively complex, sometimes tempered by catchy arrangements introduced by the keyboard and accompanied by bass, guitar and drums.
Marina writes her own songs and is able to interpret them while stammering the keyboard, where she has some complications to place her hands, probably because of a non formal education, but that she defends with such confidence and feeling that makes it almost imperceptible.
She never put the accent on the same part of the song during their performances. Each time she sings, she does differently, pushing the voice with a different feeling, which added to the wide range of recordings in her voice, with sharp inflections, makes every theme sounds like something new, even after listening a second, fourth or fifteenth interpretation of the same thing.
Marina made her debut in November 2007 with Mermaid Vs Sailor, an EP that preceded some demos that she composed herself with the Apple's GarageBand application. This EP was recorded by her own and sold through her site in MySpace, selling a total of 70 copies. Due to this beginning Marina defines herself as a DIY musician (Do It Yourself), pure and simple philosophy of Indie music.
In January 2008, Diamandis was discovered by musician Derek Davies from Neon Gold Records, who signed with her to open the Australian singer Gotye gig. Later, it is Warner Music Group who enters into a contract with her for the record label 679 Recordings.
"I Am Not a Robot", most famous Marina’s theme to date.
Marina has finally launched, with 679 Recordings, her first album, The Family Jewels, on February 22, 2010. The album is produced by Liam Howe, Richard Stannard (co-founder of Biffico, responsible for the success of Spice Girls), Pascal Gabriel (ex-member of the punk band The Razors) and Greg Kurstin (member of the Indie band The Bird and The Bee).
It is an excellent album that has received very good reviews and that contains 14 tracks. In between them you can find the now legendary I am not a robot, the surprising Mowgli's Road, the deepest Obsessions and the funny Hollywood, being these themes the ones that I likewise recommend.
I like Marina and I like her style, sometimes a bit forced, with a neo-80 look with exaggerated shoulder pads and impossible combinations. But this is how she is, absolutely unique.
- The Family Jewels 
2007: Mermaid Vs. Sailor
2009: iTunes Live: London Festival '09 EPA
2009: The Crown Jewels
- 2010: The American Jewels
Singles & B-sides:
2008: Obsessions, Mowgli's Road.
2009: I Am Not a Robot, Mowgli's Road (re-release), Space In The Woods (B-side).
- 2010: Hollywood, Bad Kidz (B-side), I Am Not a Robot (re-release) , Shampain.
Click here for a complet list of Marina´s discography
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