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MNDR Commands ‘Feed Me Diamonds’ on ‘Letterman’

New LP's title track makes string-backed late-night turn

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // December 18, 2012

MNDR’s Feed Me Diamonds is “a really ill techno record,” as reviewer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd wrote, and while that’s true, what stands out about the title track’s performance last night on Late Show With David Letterman is just how non-technological it can be. Nothing for the seapunks to get their mermaid tails in a twist about here. Instead, the clip above is just bold-voiced singer Amanda Warner, a live drummer, and an honest-to-Santa string quintet. “Feed Me Diamonds,” as we’ve explained before, is a downcast song about mortality, inspired by artist Marina Abramovic, and this elegant, passionate performance neatly demonstrates how pop-lyrical diamonds can be more than Rihanna’s best friend.