Norwegian singer-songwriter Marie Ulven has been releasing music as girl in red for a little while now, and although she has only put out a couple of EPs so far, everyone who has heard them has been captivated. Today she’s sharing a new track called “midnight love” that suggests even bigger things to come. Speaking on the track she says:
“midnight love feels like my best work so far. its my first song with a piano, but the approach of writing it was a bit different than usual too . even though i’m singing from my perspective, as the “victim’’, in real life it was actually me who was ‘’bad guy’’. a close friend was treated the same way i had treated someone else. like, this dude would text her at night to see if they could meet up, and it kind of gave her false hope that they could be something more, so she always would say yes and be there for him. seeing that so up close gave me some perspective and i realized that my situation was very similar. so this song is pretty much me reflecting on how small i’ve made someone else feel. even though i never meant be a dick, i was. we met up recently after she heard the song and i apologized. i think she forgave me.”
Over the course of her scant releases so far, we’ve heard girl in red grow in both sonic and emotional depth, and that takes another leap on “midnight love”. Bigger and more stage-ready than what we’ve heard before, “midnight love” still maintains the intimacy of girl in red’s earlier songs thanks to Ulven’s hushed vocals and viscerally honest lyricism, gradually building into a vulnerable crescendo. Check it out below.