SINGLE REVIEW: MARINA – Purge the Poison

Ensuring her message is being heard, MARINA is putting empowerment, equality and femininity at the forefront of her forthcoming fifth studio album ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’ which will be released on June 11. With the lead single ‘Man’s World’ setting the tone for the honest commentary she wants to have about the uneven playing fields in life that women play on, the follow up single ‘Purge The Poison’ hits just as hard with much needed truth bombs. 

Opening with a reference to ‘Man’s World’ in the form of the derogatory words used to describe women, she hits hard with the message of equality straight away. “All my friends are witches and we live in Hollywood. Mystical bitches making our own sisterhood” she sings. Steering towards an environmental statement she then targets how we don’t respect nature and the ground we walk on, and how natural disasters are happening because we don’t look after Earth. “Need to purge the poison from our system until human beings listen. Tell me, who’d you think you are? It’s your own decision, but your home is now your prison”. The steering it back to the empowerment message firstly with “2007, when size zero was the rage. Britney shaved her head and all we did was call her crazed. Harvey Weinstein gone to jail, Me Too went on to unveil” before proclaiming “I just want a world where I can see the feminine. We only make up one quarter of the government”. 

Packing a sonical punch with these lyrical truth bombs and honest commentary, she provides a production that is very reminiscent of the ‘Electra Heart’ era. Immediately providing a sound similar to ‘Bubblegum Bitch’ which recently had a resurgence on TikTok, this song feels very retrospective. It’s bouncy, pulsating and very to the point. There are moments of vocal and production light and shade where she turns it down to then bring it all back to that bold prominent energy. 

‘Purge The Poison’ is yet another perfect moment for MARINA, that feels like a triumphant return to the boldness we fell in love with on ‘The Family Jewels’ and ‘Electra Heart’ and brings that strong message of empowerment and equality into 2021.