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Review: "carousel" - Marina Vanoff


carousel by Marina Vanoff Cover Art


Singer-songwriter Marina Vanoff's newly released single, "carousel," is an indie-rock track about romantic relationships and self-healing. The song, a mellow guitar-centric ballad, is about needing to leave a relationship for your personal growth and the complex emotions that come with that. Marina writes about a relatable adult experience: one where you care about the person, but they are not the right fit for your own life. This ties in cleverly with the title as a metaphor for this decaying relationship. Marina herself says, "Carousels are really fun at first, but if you're on one for a long time, you get sick and dizzy and just need to get off it. A relationship just can't be fun all the time, it's okay to recognize that a relationship isn't right for you and to have the courage to make a change for your own well-being." "carousel" is a special kind of song; it speaks to mature, real-life experiences often unexplored in pop music. Love and life are complex, and Marina writes about these complications with ease. "carousel" is a song bound to appeal in how relatable and empowering its message is.





With its down-tempo beat and chill sonic atmosphere, "carousel" is a song to blast in the car with the windows down. But the song's main appeal is its lyrical content. Marina's storytelling and sharp lyricism are biting and emotionally resonant. It's hard to listen and not feel every emotion she does. Lines like "really wish it could be you forever, but I don't think you'll get tired of going in circles" are gut-punching in their succinctness. Marina cites artists like Fiona Apple as her main influences, which comes through in her work. Fans of female rock artists like Fiona or Phoebe Bridgers would find much in Marina's works. "carousel" is an honest, emotionally vulnerable piece of indie rock with a lot to say.

Marina Vanoff is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. She released her debut EP, "Nocturnal Eyes," last September, featuring the tracks "Make Up Your Mind," "IDK," and "The Sky is Falling." Much like "carousel," Marina's other works focus on candid lyricism and alt-indie sounds. They are a blend of 90s nostalgia and modern rock aesthetics. On May 3rd, Marina released "voodoo doll," the first track in the leadup to her debut album, "Bones, Baby!" scheduled for release later this year. The track has over 20,000 views on YouTube, and Marina herself has over 17,000 subscribers. Marina's career is only beginning, and you can listen to "carousel," along with the rest of her discography, on streaming services now.


Written By Lauren Nolan



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