Marina — formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds — unveiled her first solo song since 2015’s “Blue” today (Feb. 8). An accompanying music video arrived several hours later.
“Handmade Heaven” is a stunning pop track that sees Marina returning to her borderline operatic form. The Welsh singer-songwriter sheds her past (“This life can’t suit me anymore”) and appears to find salvation in a new chapter, finally able to create her own path.
Marina’s layered vocals serve as her own personal choir, creating a lovely hymnal effect throughout the verses. “In this handmade heaven, I come alive,” she coos on the triumphant chorus, “Bluebirds forever, color the sky/ In this handmade heaven, we forget the time/ ‘Cause birds of a feather fly together.”
“Handmade Heaven” follows Marina’s November 2018 collaboration with Clean Bandit and Luis Fonsi, titled “Baby.” The singer is also set to perform at the Boston Calling festival in May.
Watch the video for “Handmade Heaven” below.