Sad girl on the rise, Marina Laurendi, is back with a batch of infectious and rock-centric singles, starting with her latest, “Silver Lining”. Following the success of her debut EP and music video, “Stay Mine”, the indie rock songstress further solidifies her hold as “one to watch” in the alt. world with this dancey and evocative up-tempo.
Groovy and oozing with texture, “Silver Lining” is innately nostalgic, featuring electric guitars dosed with reverb and subtly nuanced vocal performance. The elements blend together seamlessly to create the perfect soundtrack for road trip radio jamming or a sunny day stroll.
Despite its happy-go-lucky melody and dance-worthy beat, the song carries a raw and honest message about change. Laurendi says the song is about going through life-changing events that alter who you are as a person. Written during her father’s terminal battle with cancer, the song depicts not being able to keep up with appearances in the midst of grief and loss. Against the backdrop of the feel good arrangement, the vintage vocal layers, and the achingly melancholic slide guitar reminiscent of a 1950’s bandstand, the music lies in ironic juxtaposition to the lyrics.
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The song details a romantic relationship where one party can always see the silver lining but the other is in a different place entirely and struggles to feel seen. Laurendi says of the song, “I think it’s so relatable because at some point we all suffer a loss that alters us, at least for a little while. When you’re in a different place emotionally than your friends or even your partner, you can drift apart. Sometimes people can’t fathom what you’re going through unless they’ve lived it.” The feeling of being unseen and misunderstood is simply and eloquently summed up in the lines, “You want to paste a smile on my face and act like I’m alright…I can’t dance the way I used to anymore”.
For this single and as well as her upcoming sophomore EP, Laurendi dove headfirst into the alternative rock pocket, lovingly nicknaming her particular genre as “Bitch Rock”. She says, “It’s about embracing all the emotions women are taught not to show- rage, desire, ugliness, all of it. We’re people not flowers”, she laughs. If you’re a fan of the honest songwriting style of Samia, the gritty textures of Angel Olsen, and the effortlessly nostalgic quality of Alvvays and Best Coast, “Silver Lining” is sure to top your summer sad girl playlist.
Buffalo born and bred, Marina Laurendi is an indie pop/rock singer-songwriter. Her sound fuses storytelling, alternative elements, and bursts of cinematic pop, invoking a sense of wanderlust, nostalgia, and dreamy idealism. With poetic verses, infectious hooks, and haunting vocals, Marina throws a refreshing twist on old school Alt. Marina grew up as a theatre performer and moved to NYC shortly after college to perform Off-Broadway and around the East Coast.
She recently performed at The Bitter End (NYC), Buffalo Ironworks, Rec Room, and Nietzsche’s, Whirlybird Music & Arts Festival (Jamestown, NY), and Buffalo’s 20th Annual Music is Art Festival. Her music has been featured on Thunder 102 in Sullivan County, WBFO The Bridge, Broadway World, NYS Music, and more. In 2022, she was a quarter finalist in a national competition to open at the Hollywood Bowl. Her debut EP “Stay Mine” and title track music video are out now on all platforms. Follow Marina on social media here and catch her next hometown performance on August 4th at Nietzsche’s in Buffalo.