Friday, 28 November 2014

Congratulations Finland!

Boy, have I got news for you! I'm proud to tell that Finland has, as the last of the Nordics, finally approved same-sex marriage! History has truly just been made and another step towards equality taken. The vote was a close one (105 to 92) and represents the first citizens' initiative to receive the Parliament's approval since 2012 when the system was implemented. This is without doubt a triumph for equality in Finland and allows the otherwise highly egalitarian country to catch up with its fellow Nordics, all of which have already recognised same-sex marriage.

Earlier this morning, a giant rainbow flag was projected at the parliament building as a statement by three radio presenters to mark the significant vote:

The same-sex marriage, promoted by the Tahdon2013 ("I do 2013") campaign, had previously achieved a huge movement throughout the country (a citizens' initiative requires at least 50,000 signatures in order to make it through to the Parliament; this one gathered more than triple the amount of that) so big celebrations can be expected. And in order to commemorate this historical event, the Song of the Week is the LGBT-themed anthem "Girls" by Swedish indie-pop singer Beatrice Eli. Enjoy!

Phew, this truly is an important day for an equal Finland. This might even call for a drink or two. Have a good and an egalitarian weekend, y'all!

(Images by and Ilta-Sanomat)

Monday, 10 November 2014

Marina and the Diamonds share new album tracklist

BOOM! Marina Diamandis, better known as Marina and the Diamonds, has shared the tracklist to her forthcoming 3rd studio album Froot. Not much is really revealed (except for the fact that, like on her previous LPs, there seems to be no collaborations) but it's a nice teaser anyway! She seems to be really into one-word song titles at the moment by the look of it. The tracklist is as follows:

"I'm A Ruin"
"Can't Pin Me Down"
"Better Than That"

Or if you prefer the information in a more visually appealing form, here's the pic Marina shared on Facebook:

It would appear that the whole album is inspired by the same retro-esque rainbow-coloured disco delirium as the visuals for the lyric video of "Froot", the title track. (Whether this is the back cover for the album or not was not confirmed.) I don't think a release date has been announced either. Well, at least we've got the amazing "Froot" - previously featured as the Song of the Week - to ease our wait!