MARINA’s fourth studio album ‘Love + Fear’ was a hit and miss affair that saw her dropping the “& The Diamonds” from her name and honing a even more dreamy pop sound than what she experimented with on ‘Froot’.
Earlier this year she unveiled the euphoric pop track ‘About Love’ from the Netflix film ‘To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’, but since then she’s been pretty quiet about what was coming next, and now she’s finally ready to give everyone a brand new anthem.
‘Man’s World’ is a song that feels like quintessential MARINA, and you will find yourself immediately obsessed with every aspect of this song from the lyrics, to the production, to the music video. Keeping with the messaging of the song, the whole creative team was made up of female collaborators, and paves the way for her initiative with this forthcoming next record to only work with female collaborators. This was something she felt very personally strings about after learning that women account for only two percent of producers and three percent of engineers involved in popular music
“I don’t wanna live in a man’s world anymore” she proclaims during the chorus, and honestly… it’s a giant mood. She reflects on the way that women have been historically treated compared to men, with the standout reference; “Burnt me at the stake, you thought I was a witch centuries ago, now you just call me a bitch” which makes a huge impact. But it’s also during the post-chorus where she drops a big truth bomb that will make you start thinking; “If you have a mother, daughter or a friend maybe it is time, time you comprehend. The world that you live in ain’t the same one as them. So don’t punish me for not being a man”.
The disco tinged indie-pop track is as huge production wise as it is lyrically, and it’s by far her best single since the ‘Electra Heart’ era. It’s a song you can’t ignore melodically or lyrically, and one that will genuinely start conversation which is what it’s intended to do.