Last year pop hitmaker Marina and the Diamonds shook things up with the release of Froot, but 2016 is already shaping up to be an equally impressive year if her cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" is any evidence. Today (January 5) Marina took us back in time to the 80s to revisit Lauper's now-iconic ballad.
Instead of amping up the synth and taking an expected route toward's covering Lauper's classic ballad, Marina and the Diamonds have instead served their interpretation over a lush piano arrangement. Diamandis' vocals float over the accompaniment, adding a layer of intimacy and personality to the characteristic track.
Check out Marina and the Diamond's "True Colors" cover below!
It's currently unclear if the track is a leftover from the recording of 2015's Froot, or if it was recently recorded. Rumors circulating around the internet imply that Marina and the Diamonds released the track after it had been circulating between fans for a better part of the year. Assuming that it was leaked around the release of Froot it is easy to imagine that the track was meant to be included as a bonus track or possibly on a re-release of the album.
Either way, Marina and the Diamonds are decidedly kicking off the year with a strong release. "True Colors" showcases the artist's unique vocal capabilities and provides a solid update on Lauper's original performance.
Lauper released "True Colors" in 1986 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 with it. Released during the height of her fame the track showcased Lauper's unique performance aesthetic, and it lives on as one of her most defining releases to date.
Now that Marina and the Diamonds have proven themselves capable of taking on the classic performer's catalogue who else is interested in hearing their take on "Girls Just Want To Have Fun?" Huh?
What do you think about Marina and the Diamonds' take on "True Colors?" Do you think that it competes with Lauper's original performance?