Marina and the Diamonds: The Music Mix recommends

God bless the Queen—and the fantastical alt-pop princesses her U.K. dominion has yielded in 2009. To the list of spiritual-starchild Kate Bush descendants that includes Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, and Bat for Lashes, add Marina and the Diamonds, a.k.a. 24-year-old Welsh space oddity Marina Diamandis.

Though her first major-label single, a re-recording of “Mowgli’s Road” from February’s Obsessions EP, falls to earth today in Europe, a full-length isn’t due until next year, and her physical-release presence in the U.S. is so far limited to a small run on the Neon Gold imprint; Warner Bros. will reportedly be taking over her business Stateside.

Having finally recovered from the summer-long repeat-repeat-repeat compulsion that was her magi-gorgical  “I Am Not a Robot” video (lie! still playing it), I’ve recently (sort of) moved on to the “Mowgli” clip, below:

What do you think, Music Mixers? Still waiting for the guaranteed-bananas “Seventeen” video to drop, but to me she’s like Rocky Horror and Regina Spektor had a baby, and then hired Fiona Apple to give it afternoon piano lessons, plus absinthe juice box. Et voila! J’adore.

More from EW.com’s Music Mix:
Peter Gabriel covers Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Regina Spektor: When rock worlds collide
New Lady Gaga, ‘Telephone’: Stream it here
New Grizzly Bear video ‘Ready, Able’: Viva la claymation
Solange covers the Dirty Projectors, delivers little bit of awesome


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  • Bobby’s Robot

    While I think that some of these artists are good, none of the Kate Bush comparisons really work for me. Kate is in a league of her own.

  • Brooke

    EW.com has been doing a good job lately covering some of the electro acts from the UK. It’s been a good year for this sort of music.

  • Martha

    This is awesome stuff! Off to buy it now. Absinthe juice box…heh heh.

    • Martha

      Want to buy this but it and the original of ‘I am not a Robot’ aren’t available on iTunes or any other legal downloading site. Boo!

  • Tim

    Wow! Something cool on EW! (THe ‘Aspirins for My Children’ mix of ‘I’m Not A Robot’ is gorgeous.) Shocking! How did you get away with not mentioning Robert Patterson or Britney Spears in the post?

    • Ellipsian

      It’s ‘Pattinson’ (and you can’t hate me for pointing that out any more than I already do… I feel so dirty.).

      • Tim

        Thanks for the correction. I’m out of touch on the 90210 vampire movie written by Mormons scene. Though I could very well have seen the correct spelling with ease even on this page. I’m lazy!

  • Ellipsian

    I’d argue that Little Boots British alt-pop, too (though maybe not as ‘alt’ as the others you mentioned), and I’m sad to not see her on this short list. Her “Hands” is–ahem–hands down my favorite album of the year.

    • Ellipsian

      *is* British alt-pop

  • Jonathan F.

    I like the original version better. I’ve been obsessed with “Mowgli’s Road” and “I Am Not a Robot” since Perez posted the latter’s video in the summer (the only good thing that man has offered me). The Brits never cease to impress do they!

  • Dede

    WOW, this video is like Single Ladies on acid.

  • Brian Burgess

    Marina is my favorite new artist of 2009. I too have been obsessed with I Am Not a Robot all summer + all the mixes if you can find them. LOVE this girl. Can’t wait for her stateside push. she is, after all, “obsessed with the mess that’s America.” Well, we’re obsessed with you!

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