Girl in Red, the project of Norwegian queer singer-songwriter and producer Marie Ringheim, formerly known as Lydia X,
debuted with the
singles I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend (2016),
her stereotypical laconic bedroom-pop ditty,
Summer Depression (2018),
and We Fell in Love in October (2018) and
the EPs Chapter 1 (2018), with four of her early classics
(I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend, Summer Depression, 4am, Girls),
and Chapter 2 (2019), with Dead Girl in the Pool.
The album If I Could Make It Go Quiet (2021) suffers from bland and monotonous arrangements (basically just a drum-machine and generic bombastic guitars) but it tries a number of different styles:
the childish singalong I'll Call You Mine,
the pop-hop dirge Serotonin,
the trip-hop ballad Apartment 402,
the power-ballad with loud distortion Body and Mind,
She displays her lively fusion of
Merseybeat and disco-music in the lightweight Dot
and in the more austere Rue.
She is frank about sex in the vitriolic disco-punk You Stupid Bitch and in the martial cabaret-ish Hornylovesickmess, two of the best moments.
Nothing groundbreaking but an honest take on the "songwriter with dance-beats" format invented by Beck.
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