Marina returns after slight hiatus with ‘Handmade Heaven’

It’s been four years since Marina and the Diamonds have released any new music, but now it looks like the group’s leading lady is ready to strike out on her own. On Friday (Feb. 8), the former Welsh band’s frontwoman, Marina Diamandis, announced the release of her first new song in four years. Obviously missing from the new moniker is the “and the Diamonds” aka the band, but Marina is still here, letting her voice do all the work.

Titled “Handmade Heaven,” the new song was produced by Grammy award-winner Joel Little. Little’s resume boasts some major artists such as Lorde, Khalid, and Sam Smith.

According to a press release, the new song is described as “Marina imagining a world as simple as the beautiful creatures and nature that surround her.” Like the music video for the track shows, it’s a beautiful, snowy world. Watch the three-and-a-half-minute, Sophie Muller-directed clip above.

“Handmade Heaven” will be featured on Diamandis’ upcoming fourth studio album. The yet-to-be-titled record will be the follow-up to her pre-hiatus record, 2015’s FROOT. The new studio effort will reportedly see a release time frame of later this year. It was also revealed that the forthcoming album was recorded in different cities around the world including London, Sweden, and Los Angeles.

Though the musician spent most of the last couple of years taking a sabbatical, she joined forces with Clean Bandit and Luis Fonsi in 2018 for their collaboration, “Baby.”

While she was away from the music world, Diamandis took the time to not only reflect on her past but to also rediscover who she is as a person when she is not in the limelight. During that time, the songstress also returned to school to study human personality and attachment theory while also launching a blog (Marinabook)to keep in touch with fans and give her take on non-music things.

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