Lo-fi heartache meets brutal intimacy in girl in red’s (Marie Ulven Ringheim) debut album If I Could Make It Go Quiet. Produced by Billie Eilish’s sibling and collaborator FINNEAS, the 11-track record is all killer, no filler. Trading her bedroom-pop roots for an indie-rock fury of electric guitars and upbeat percussion, the songs feel like diary entries, featuring brutally honest tales of unrequited love, mental health, and insecurity. On the biting opening track “Serotonin”, the Norweigian artist trades her bedroom-pop roots for an indie-rock fury of electric guitars and upbeat percussion. “I'm running low on serotonin/ Chemical imbalance got me twisting things/ Stabilise with medicine,” she rages. Elsewhere, “You Stupid Bitch” is an angsty adolescent sprawl of emotion as Ringheim recounts a friendship that falls into unrequited love. Drawing comparisons to queer contemporaries like Clairo and King Princess, Ringheim’s music is the perfect antidote to the historically sanitised landscape of pop music. It’s direct and effortless and painfully relatable. Drop off and tune in.
Elsewhere, Burial and London-based producer Blackdown have reunited for a surprise split EP, Flying Lotus drops the soundtrack for the much-anticipated Netflix anime Yasuke, and Danish producer Loke Rahbek releases a new album under his Croatian Amor moniker.