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Hayley mary would you throw a diamond 2021

Hayley Mary returns with first single of 2021 "Would You Throw A Diamond?"

16 February 2021, 12:25 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Hayley Mary of The Jezabels has returned with the punchy "Would You Throw A Diamond?", marking her first single of 2021.

"Would You Throw A Diamond?" is Mary's first release of the year, following November's "The Chain".

The song, which started as an idea from Mary's boyfriend and DMA's guitarist Johnny Took, is an ode to songs that nearly didn't come to fruition.

Mary says of the track, ""Would You Throw A Diamond?" started as an old idea of my boyfriend Johnny’s that he had all but thrown out. He asked if I wanted to sing it and I could see it was a proper diamond in the dirt that just needed brushing off and shining up."

She adds of the video, which was shot on old film stock by director Lucy Knox, "Because of the way the song came about and the meaning behind it being about thin[king] first before you throw out an old idea, it made sense to play around with my love of old clothes and objects for the video. My dad brought me up to have an almost unhealthy sympathy for the magical old objects one can find in a thrift store. He loved old cars and would never throw anything out, always seeing the treasure in other people’s trash."

Mary continues, "Pretty much everything that appears in the video is pre-loved or pre-lived in or a little dilapidated, but beautiful, Lucy Knox, the director even had a pile of old film lying around at her house, which we used. Due to the limited amount we had, we couldn’t overshoot and I found it very liberating having the limitation that film provided; a kind of thriftiness permeated the whole process which felt very in line with the spirit of the song."

Last year saw Mary release her debut solo EP The Piss, The Perfume.

Hayley Mary's "Would You Throw A Diamond?" single is out now.
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