From inside her Norwegian bedroom, 20-year-old Marie Ulven has spent the last year piecing together the vehicle of her musical ambitions—aka her lush, indie-rock creation: girl in red. With the release of her second EP ‘chapter 2’, Ulven has waded into entirely new depths of coy originality and unguarded confessionals. Pushing her DIY take on bedroom-pop to its absolute fringes, the five-song EP rollicks back-and-forth between a blend of lo-fi atmospherics and off-kilter, dream-daze rockers. To celebrate the new EP, girl in red is headed on tour with a Los Angeles show date at Teragram Ballroom on Sept. 29.
“watch you sleep.” and “i need to be alone.” bask in the sublime melancholy of Ulven’s grappling with love and mental health in a gorgeous fashion; with the former basking jubilantly in all the subdued sonics of its jangly guitar medley, even as Ulven proclaims in earnest: “I need to be alone or I’m going to lose my shit.” But her lyricism only gets sharper—dripping with an angsty, bleak humor—on the acoustic galloping of “dead girl in the pool.”
The morbidity is not lost on Ulven, whose songwriting drives a freight-train’s worth of wanton wit and intimate strife through a needle sized hole of emotional clarity; and she sticks the landing. On “i’ll die anyway.” Ulven sinks into glazed-over, psych-pop textures as she pulls the reigns on her downward spiral—but the bleakness never seems to find a grip on her heart. As on “bad idea.” girl in red voices an unspoken catharsis through the songs on ‘chapter 2’, a determined realization that these are the things that corner Ulven and plague her mind—and yet they won’t rule her forever. It’s in the grapplings with these that girl in red finds an affecting and admirable penchant for intense introspection.
Listen to girl in red’s her new EP chapter 2 below!
girl in red will starts her tour this month with a stop at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on September 29. Supporting girl in red is Issac Dunbar.
girl in red Tour Dates:
9.7 The Foundry Philadelphia
9.9. U St. Music Hall Washington, D.C.
9.10 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
9.12 Ministere Montreal
9.13 Hard Luck Bar Toronto
9.14 Deluxx Fluxx Detroit
9.16 Lincoln Hall Chicago
9.19 Lost Lake Denver
9.20 In The Venue Salt Lake City
9.22 Holocene Portland
9.23 Crocodile Seattle
9.25 Great American Music Hall San Francisco
9.27 Voodoo Room San Diego
9.28 Constellation Room Santa Ana
9.29 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles
10.28 Dublin Academy Green Room Ireland
10.29 Electric Ballroom London
10.30 La Gaîté Lyrique Paris
11.3 Luxor Cologne
11.4 Melkwed Oude Zaal Amsterdam NL
11.6 Trix Club Antwerp BE
11.8 Iceland Airwaves Festival Iceland
11.11 Debaser Bar Brooklyn Stockholhm SE
11.12 Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
11.13 Musik & Frieden Berlin
11.16 Sonic Visions Festival Luxembourg
12.5 Parkteatret Oslo
12.6 Tyven Trondheim
12.13 Tou Stavanger
12.14 Underlig Bergen