Marina V: Simple Magic
By: Lauren Jonik
There are many ways that
love rises to the surface in our lives. It can come disguised as
questions and as answers, as both comfort and discomfort--- often
simultaneously. The essential elements that fill in the spaces between
the beats of the heart are not the stuff only of fairytales, but
of real life in all of its messy, perfect glory. Simple Magic,
the latest release from Marina
V, captures this beautifully.
The driving, introspective
In My Head, which opens the album, poses a most poignant
question and asks to be rescued from the most dangerous of adversaries---
ourselves. Will you save me tonight / Rescue me from my mind
/ Would you dive off the deep end after me / Will you save me tonight
/ Will you stand up and fight / Can you save me from something you
can't see? Caught under the spell of love's mysterious ways
and means, the song Simple Magic exemplifies the deliciously
intoxicating force of being drawn to someone without explanation.
I'm feeling your simple magic / I'm fighting the curse of your
love / And I can't take it. Going a step farther on the journey
of the heart, Underneath Your Sky, which Marina describes
as "her ultimate love song," tells of the safety and contentment
that only love can bring and the awakening in the deepest parts
of ourselves that resonates when we meet a kindred spirit. When
I met you I recognized myself / You opened my mind and made me well
/ I had wished for you a million times.
Written and sung in her
native Russian tongue, Pesnya O Tebe, adds an extra touch
of character and elegance to the album. Melancholy in tone, Marina's
rendition is rich and feels as through it reaches not only across
the miles, but through generations and all of time. Recorded with
producer Jack Douglas, Killing My Dream mourns with strength
and grace the loss of faith in a lover--- and in the dream of love
itself. Like a wave that pulls you under a moment before you lose
your breath, this kind of heartache causes one to wonder: Am
I really alone right next to you? / Or am I chasing a ghost of what
I once thought was true?
As on most of the songs
on Simple Magic, the track Guardian Angel was co-written
with guitarist Nick Baker. And, while it masterfully serves as the
midpoint of the album, its message anchors both the hope we gently
place in each other's hands and the strength we find in our own.
You could save my life / If I could keep you on the phone / It
seems you never tried / I guess in time / We walk this nowhere road
alone / Never knowing we could share the ride.