|To Be Human|
|Album||LOVE + FEAR|
|Released||April 4th, 2019|
|Recorded||2017 - 2018|
|Genre||Indie pop • baroque pop • electro|
|Format||Digital download, CD (with album), vinyl (with album)|
|LOVE + FEAR track listing|
|"To Be Human" is track number 7 on LOVE and the 7th track on the album.|
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"To Be Human" (also referred to as simply "Human") was written by Welsh singer-songwriter MARINA and is about a desire for unity. It is the seventh track from her fourth studio album, LOVE + FEAR, and was released with the rest of the "LOVE" side on April 4 2019.
It served as the fourth single from the album, as a music video was released on April 8th, 2019.
Lyrics from the first verse were included in Marina's Heals Space exhibition in September 2018.
The instrumental was leaked by DiamondGarden on the 10th of April 2019.
During her livestream on Bose's Instagram, on 10 April 2020, Marina played an acoustic rendition of the song.
Marina has said that "[To Be Human] is probably the most important song on this record for me because thematically it sums up the head-space where I've come from in the past three years. I think the subject matter is really important, it talks about unity. I name check a lot of places all around the world, São Paulo, Verona, Angola, Chicago, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Greece. And I think when I was writing that what I was trying to do was create this picture of humanity because in our political climate we are constantly being made to see other people as "other", like if you're from a different culture you are seen as different and potentially dangerous and I really hate that, I really think that's a sad way to see humanity. So, I wrote this song thinking about that and for that reason it really forms a core part of the record."
She also said “[To Be Human] is my favourite track on LOVE. It solved a big subject that I was trying to get my head around. Again, going back to that chapter where I didn’t understand life, what I should be doing in it and what my purpose was anymore. And this song tool ages to write, actually. Like, four months between writing the verse and the chorus. I just didn’t know what I was trying to say. I was just trying to paint a picture and show that we all very similar but we’re living in a political time where we’re actually being divided constantly, every day. I’m so pained by that. I think it’s an awful way to look at humanity.”
"Thematically, ‘To Be Human’ sums up the head space that I’ve come from in the past three years” Marina explains. “The subject matter is really important. I talk about unity, name checking a lot of places around the world to create this picture of humanity because in our current political climate we are constantly being made to see different people as ‘other’ and I hate that.”
On May 8, 2019, the popular song lyric website Genius released an interview video with Marina in which she discusses the meaning of the song.
Official music video
|Premiere||April 8, 2019|
- Album version - 4:06
- Instrumental version - 4:06
- Marina Diamandis - Songwriting, Vocals, Backing vocals
- Joel Little - Engineer, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Synthesizer, Drum Programmer
- Niko Batistini - Mix Engineer Assistant
- Geoff Swan - Mixer
- Dave Kutch - Mastering
- ↑ http://press.atlanticrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Marina-Love-Fear-Bio-2019.docx
- ↑ https://www.heals.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Marina_Diamandis_space-24-2100x1400-ec5f808d-f959-4a02-b810-9e55a061444e.jpg
- ↑ https://www.instagram.com/p/BvhrDYRBXmX/
- ↑ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvj-9QqhT8o/
- ↑ http://www.diamondgarden.net/topic/5002-love-instrumentals
- ↑ https://repertoire.bmi.com/DetailView.aspx?detail=titleid&keyid=30325241&ShowNbr=0&ShowSeqNbr=0&blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&blnAltTitles=True
- ↑ https://repertoire.bmi.com/DetailView.aspx?detail=titleid&keyid=29653894&ShowNbr=0&ShowSeqNbr=0&blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&blnAltTitles=True
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfrYHXqFTzg
- ↑ https://twitter.com/MarinaDiamandis/status/1114123614972981250
- ↑ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/love-fear/1451645560
- ↑ http://press.atlanticrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Marina-To-Be-Human-Video-Release.docx