Marina & The Diamonds’s heartbreaker aesthetic is built upon a closet of pink crop tops and drawn-on hearts. Her music embodies the same sweetly toxic taste: her 2012 album, Electra Heart, is basically the auditory equivalent of packaged candy (with a fatal kick for good measure.) She is the self-dubbed “Bubblegum Bitch” for a reason, and lives up to her name.
That’s why it comes as no surprise that Marina has paired up with a worthy contemporary for a full-fledged tour around the United States: English chanteuse, Charli XCX. The pair released “Just Desserts” on Wednesday as a free download, and the track fittingly represents the unstoppable power contained within their pop union.
Even though “Just Desserts” is adorned with poppy synths and Marina’s dreamy vocals, an underlying current of darkness rushes through the deceivingly-titled song. Charli’s spoken lyrics reveal a tale of deceit and bitter feelings, and coupled with Marina’s all-knowing commentary on karma, the song turns into a deliciously haunting work of goth-pop. If Snow White made a revenge track for that darned poison apple, this would be it.
Marina and Charli XCX’s 2013 joint tour in the United States starts today in Seattle, WA and ends at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13. Hopefully, their stage will look like a nightmarish Candy Land if fans are lucky enough (fingers crossed!).
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