Mowgli's Road

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"Mowgli's Road"
Marina and the Diamonds - Mowgli's Road.png
Single by Marina and the Diamonds
from the album The Family Jewels
B-side "Space and the Woods"
Released 13 November 2009 (2009-11-13)
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length 3:12
Label 679
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Liam Howe
Marina and the Diamonds singles chronology
"Obsessions"
(2009)
"Mowgli's Road"
(2009)
"Hollywood"
(2010)
Music video
"Mowgli's Road" on YouTube

"Mowgli's Road" is a song by Welsh recording artist Marina and the Diamonds from her debut studio album, The Family Jewels (2010). The song was released on 13 November 2009 as the album's second single, containing a cover of the Late of the Pier song "Space and the Woods" as its B-side.[1] "Mowgli's Road" originally appeared as a B-side to the single "Obsessions", which was released on 16 February 2009 by Neon Gold Records.[2]

The title is a reference to the character of the same name in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book story collection.

Critical reception[edit]

Stuart Heritage of The Guardian wrote, "'Mowgli's Road' is odd. Think Gary Glitter, but if he kept pictures of The Wicker Man and some nice cutlery on his hard drive instead of that other stuff. This could easily be a hit; or, rather, the first couple of minutes could. Then it descends into a lunatic mixture of monkey wails, whistling and childlike nightmare mumbles that may well be responsible for my chronic insomnia."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Mowgli's Road" was directed by Chris Sweeney and released onto YouTube on 20 October 2009.[4] The music video features Diamandis and two girls with origami limbs and torso dancing in a spot light with a white screen. In the second verse, Diamandis sings into a microphone on a stand. It begins with Diamandis standing without lighting and stomping her origami legs to the beat of the music. When the lighting comes on, Diamandis begins singing and moving her origami legs; two female dancers with the same legs appear and dance with her. After the repeat of the chorus, Diamandis is shown with her origami torso, bouncing up and down while singing the third verse. While the music continues in the song, Diamandis and the dancers dance with all limbs in origami form. The video ends with the lighting of the set going out and they all stand as Diamandis was in the beginning.[5]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK iTunes single[1]
  1. "Mowgli's Road" – 3:05
  2. "Space and the Woods" – 2:49
  • UK iTunes remixes
  • UK limited edition 7" single[8]
A. "Mowgli's Road" – 3:05
B. "Space and the Woods" – 2:49

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Family Jewels.[9]

  • Marina Diamandis – vocals
  • Guy Davie – mastering
  • Liam Howe – acoustic guitar, bass, drums, engineering, glockenspiel, mixing, Philicorda, production, programming, spoons, whistle
  • Dougal Lott – Pro Tools
  • Alex Mackenzie – harpsichord
  • Raymond67 (Freesound Project) – mechanical monkey
  • Sandyrb (Freesound Project) – human monkey

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mowgli's Road / Space and the Woods – Single by Marina and The Diamonds". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "OBSESSIONS/MOWGLI'S ROAD 7". Neon Gold Records. Archived from the original on 20 January 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Heritage, Stuart (14 November 2009). "Music: This week's releases". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Marina and the Diamonds | "Mowgli's Road"". YouTube. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Marina and the Diamonds | "Mowgli's Road"". YouTube. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mowgli's Road (The Phenomenal Handclap Band Remix) – Single by Marina and The Diamonds". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mowgli's Road (Russ Chimes Remix) – Single by Marina and The Diamonds". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mowgli's Road" (UK limited edition 7" single liner notes) (Media notes). Marina and the Diamonds. 679 Recordings. 2009. 679L168. 
  9. ^ The Family Jewels (CD liner notes). Marina and the Diamonds. Atlantic Records. 2010. 825646836253. 

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