Girl in Red Explores Mental Health in her New Single, “Rue”
Alternative-Indie artist Marie Ulven, known as Girl in Red, shared the debut single from her upcoming LP, “Rue,” on August 26th. She dedicated the eerie, yet comforting track to her “loved ones affected by (her) mental health.” She identifies with the main character in HBO’s Euphoria , Rue, in the lyrics where she apologizes for what she’s put her loved ones through with her mental health struggles. She explores what many who struggle with mental health feel - the difficulty explaining what is happening in her head. She did this to destigmatize the conversation surrounding mental health - often, it’s seen as a “taboo” subject, but she wants to bring light to the fact that “your mental health isn’t necessarily who you are.” The haze in Ulven’s voice and the dark ambience of the music pulls listeners into her head and gives a visual of what she’s experiencing. Ulven is no stranger to writing “taboo” subjects - her past tracks have explored her experience with coming out, dealing with seasonal depression, as well as relationship and other personal issues. However, she’s described the upcoming project “Rue” will be a part of as “more mature.” Titled World in Red , the release date is yet to be announced, but you can listen to “Rue” on all platforms now.