Single Review: 'You Could Have Been A Genius' by Marina Rolink
3 years after the release of her last EP, Scottish singer-songwriter Marina Rolink is back with her new single ‘You Could Have Been A Genius’ and it’s exactly that; a stroke of genius.
There’s few songs I would say everyone needs to listen to because they are just that powerful. ‘Don’t want to miss a thing’ (being the greatest love song ever written) is one of them, or ‘Crying on the Bathroom Floor’ by MUNA, and for good measure let’s add Sam Fender’s ‘Dead Boys’.
Though wildly different, what these songs have in common is that they talk about life or love in a way that stays with you. They strike a chord. It’s impossible to listen to them and just move on, they linger, they make you contemplate life or reevaluate your relationships.
‘You could have been a genius’ might just fall into that category.
Not only is it sonically beautiful, it gives you food for thought.
On the surface, it’s a simple melody, skillfully crafted and accentuated with layered sound effects. Marina’s soft voice, which reminds me of Birdy’s haunting vocals, seems to lightly dance along the instrumentals.
‘You could have been a genius’ could easily become your new favourite song just by the way it flows so effortlessly. But that wouldn’t do it justice.
It encompasses a lesson each and every one of us should take to heart: Take control of your own narrative. Whether it’s in love (as in the song) or in other areas of life, you can’t let fear hold you back.
Listening to the lyrics is at the same time comforting and a call to action, when Marina sings:
“Maybe at first it don’t feel right, you’re probably gonna wanna put up a fight but I’ll be there in the darkest of nights”.
In other words: Go for it, take that leap of faith, I won’t let you fall.
This 3 minute something song is the encouragement you need to not be afraid to rock the boat every now and then, wrapped in sweet and soothing sounds.
It’s an exceptional piece of music and hopefully the start of a wonderful career. I most definitely want to hear more from Marina Rolink and I don’t want to miss a thing that she has to say.