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After A Change Of Heart, Marina Reclaims The Diamonds

Marina Diamandis.
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Marina Diamandis.

Channeling your art and music into another identity is not unusual for pop artists. Lady Gaga changes costumes and assumes different characters almost nonstop; musicians from Beyonce to David Bowie have released work under names meant to serve as their alter egos. But what happens when that different identity doesn't fit anymore?

Take singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis, for example. For about two years, she took on a different persona — the dark brunette donned a platinum-blonde wig and became Electra Heart, which doubles as the title of her second album. For her newest LP, Froot, Diamandis is back to her old stage name: Marina And The Diamonds.

Diamandis ditched her alter ego for a sound and persona that's all her own. "In terms of the production and the way that the vocal was produced, I didn't feel that it represented who I truly was," she says. At the audio link, hear her discuss Froot and the experiences that led to the change in an interview with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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