My Artist Of The Week – “Marina & The Diamonds”

The artist I choose for this week is: Marina & The Diamonds.

I discovered Marina & The Diamonds a little over a month ago. As usual, it happened when I was searching for new artists on Last.fm. The first song I heard of hers was “Girls”, and as much as I thought it was catchy, I also thought it would be a song I would get bored of after one or two listens. I was right. For a little while, anyway. Because a little after that, I downloaded some of her other songs, and God, it took some time, but I was finally strongly addicted to her and her music. Marina’s songs have such a strong effect on me, they always seem to cheer me up. A month ago, I had no idea who she was, and now she’s #9 on my charts, and I have no doubt that she will keep on rising. She’s bound to, since all I listen to is her.

Marina’s music can be best described as quirky. The catchy beats and thought-provoking lyrics will have you jumping up and singing along in no time. Her voice is deep, beautiful and undeniably unique. It will be very easy to fall in love with her, and then her music will be all you crave to hear.

My favourite songs of hers are: “Obsessions”, “Mowgli’s Road”, and “I Am Not A Robot”. And the lyrics I love the most are as follows:

Look like a girl but I think like a guy
Not ladylike to behave like a slime
Easy to be sleazy when you’ve got a filthy mind
You stick to your yoghurts
I’ll stick to my apple pie

From “Girls”

Sunday, wake up, give me a cigarette.
Last night�s love affair is looking vulnerable in my bed
Silk sheet, blue dawn, Colgate, tongue warm
Won�t you quit your crying? I can�t sleep
One minute I�m a little sweetheart
And next minute you are an absolute creep

From “Obsessions”

You’re vulnerable, you’re vulnerable
You are not a robot
You’re loveable, so loveable
But you’re just troubled

From “I Am Not A Robot”

I’ll have to admit that I have an unhealthy obsession and a huge crush on her :P When you give her music a listen, you’ll know why!

I was glad to find her actual video clips on Youtube. Everything about them is amazing. Enjoy!

If you like her, check out her Official Website.

Or follow her on Twitter.

I Write.

I can write about flowers
And birds and bees
And the way the sun’s rays
Shine through the trees
I can write about freedom
And fulfilment, and smiles
And lovers still strong
Despite separating miles

I can write about joy
And selflessness, and sanity
And lifelong commitments
To the good of humanity
I can write about good friends
Who are loyal and true
And other halves who will always
No matter what, be loving you

But I choose to write about
Heartache, and tears, and lies
And self-doubt, and loneliness
And friendships gone awry
I write about disappointments
And heartbreaking insanity
Not because I enjoy them
But because this is reality

I write about one-sided loves
And long, sleepless nights
And the feeling of emptiness
And the absence of light
I write about sadness
That captivates your every breath
I write about the pain
That follows every inevitable death

I’m not a sad, dark person
These things aren’t all I feel
But when I write I feel obliged
To write about what is real
I don’t write so you would smile
Or so I can hear you laugh
I write so you can relate to what is true
And what is indeed happening in this life

You might not like the sadness
That flows from my words
Or the never-ending madness
That my writing observes
I write because I feel
And not only happiness
I write because it is relieving to feel that
You are not alone in your tragedies.

© Copyright 7ala Abdullah

My Artist Of The Week – “Florence + The Machine”

The artist I choose for this week is: Florence + The Machine.

I discovered Florence + The Machine roughly about two months ago. I needed some new music so I went through my recommended artists and she was one of them. I downloaded her song “Dog Days Are Over” first, to see if she was really worth downloading more. I listened to it once. I listened to it twice. I listened to it thrice, and I was addicted. I downloaded one more song of hers – “You’ve Got The Love” – just to make sure she wasn’t a one-hit-wonder before I went on a music spree. And when I listened to it, that’s when I was convinced that Florence would easily and inevitably rise to my top artists. So here she is today, #7 on my “Last 3 Months” charts.

Florence’s music is beautiful and catchy. The unique beats and lyrics will have you dancing with joy at one song and sighing with agony at another. Florence will make you feel however it was she felt when she wrote the song, she has a crazy way of pushing her own emotions through your head, making you feel as though they were your own. Some songs of hers may take a little while for you to like, but in the end, all of her songs will grow on you. You won’t be able to fight it.

My favourite songs of hers are: “Dog Days Are Over”, “Blinding”, “Girl With One Eye”, and “Between Two Lungs”. Each song has a different theme and will make you feel completely different from the other.

Here are the lyrics that most caught my attention:

Seems that I have been held, in some dreaming state
A tourist in the waking world, never quite awake
No kiss, no gentle word could wake me from this slumber
Until I realise that it was you who held me under

From “Blinding”

Happiness hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her stuck still no turning back
She hid around corners and she hid under beds
She killed it with kisses and from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with her drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink

From “Dog Days Are Over”

I took a knife and cut out her eye
I took it home and watched it wither and die
Well, she’s lucky that I didn’t slip her a smile
That’s why she sleeps with one eye open
That’s the price she paid

From “Girl With One Eye”

Luckily, I was able to find many HQ videos on YouTube. I do hope you enjoy them!

If you liked her, visit her Official Website.

Or follow her on Twitter.

Need

I have this need to be
The most important person
In your life
This craving,
To hear you utter the words
That without me
Nothing goes right
I wouldn’t care if I
Couldn’t reciprocate
This blinding hunger
I would be satisfied
As long as your strong heart
Upon seeing me, sinks under.

I have this need to be
The one and only reason
Your heart
Skips those beats
The only person who can cause
Your mind to
Have such beautiful dreams
I wouldn’t care if I
Never thought of you
More than once per day
The fact that I’m
Constantly on your mind
Is what I need to hear you say.

I have this need to be
The sole, painful reason
You cry every night
It’s dark of me
I know, but
Deep inside
I don’t mind
I wouldn’t care if you
Forgot about me
In a short week or two
The fact that
Once upon a time
I was
The. Most. Important. Thing.
Is what I need
To get me through.

© Copyright 7ala Abdullah

My Artist Of The Week – “The Pierces”

The artists I choose for this week are: The Pierces.

I discovered The Pierces in 2007. My sister made me hear their song “Secret” and I honestly thought it was genius! I didn’t think, however, to check out their other songs until I heard them play “Three Wishes” on Gossip Girl. The song had me mesmerized. I knew right then that if these two sisters could make two songs sound this amazing, there had to be more. And that’s when I got their album ; Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge. To say this album is flawless would be a huge understatement because there seriously isn’t even ONE song I don’t love on it. It is sweet, quirky, funny, sad, and beautiful all at the same time. I encourage all of you out there to give the whole thing a listen, and I promise you won’t regret it.

My favourite songs by them are; “Secret”, “Three Wishes”, “Tonight”, “Turn On Billie”  and “Sticks and Stones”. Although I’d have to say my #1 is probably “Three Wishes” seeing as the lyrics made me cry once or twice. The other songs on the album, however, are almost as good and definitely deserve a listen as well. I’m sure that in no time, these sisters whose existence you were probably unaware of will earn your respect and climb to the top of your favourites list with their addictive tunes. If not, then, well… sue me or whatever.

The lyrics I found most enchanting are as follows:

Sticks and stones will break your bones
And leave you lying in the mud
But you get scared when we’re alone
Like I might suck your blood
Well I could tell you a witch’s spell
But it just might blow your top
Then you start to run just as I’m having fun
And it’s awfully hard to stop
It’s awfully hard to stop

From “Sticks and Stones”

We’d be so less fragile
If we’re made from metal
And our hearts from iron
And our minds from steel
And if we built an armour
For our tender bodies
Could we love each other
Would we stop to feel

From “Three Wishes”

What were you doing in my dream last night
Well I thought I locked that door up tight,
Baby.
Well it’s a mystery to me
How you keep on slippin’
In my mind…
And it’s downright dirty that this ‘ol wound
Won’t heal with time

From “Kill, Kill, Kill”

I hope you enjoy these HQ videos!

If you liked them, then check out their Official Website.

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