Continuing our series of looking at music during lockdown, we look at indie-pop artist Girl in Red.
This latest UK nationwide lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has given me the chance to look back through my music accounts, looking to rediscover some bands and artists. One artist I have re-discovered is Girl in Red.
Marie Ulven Ringheim is the artist who uses the pseudonym name Girl in Red. She is a Norwegian indie-pop artist. Her songs cover subjects such as romance, sexuality and mental health.
Labelled a Queer Icon by Paper her songs are a refreshing sound in the hetero-normative music scene, especially when it comes to the romance genre. Finally, finding music that relates to the LGBTQIA+ community felt amazing to me, something I could actually relate too.
Since her first single under the pseudonym Girl in Red in 2017, she has amassed 7 million monthly streams on Spotify. In particular proving to be very popular with the WLW community, with the phrase "do you listen to Girl in Red" becoming a discreet way to ask a woman if she is gay/likes girls. There is even a song based on that by Haley Margo!
Upon my re-discovery, I could not resist purchasing her debut album Beginnings on vinyl. With hit songs, i wanna be your girlfriend and girls. It has become my go-to album very quickly.
Her upcoming album aims to be an “emotional recap” of the past year, with a focus on the other sides of love and mental health, having been diagnosed with OCD and generalised anxiety disorder in the past year.