Girl In Red has shared her emotional new single, ‘Serotonin’, following the announcement of her highly-anticipated new album.
The track has seen the Norwegian singer-songwriter team up with Billie Eilish’s brother and collaborator, Finneas, who took up production duties on the formidable effort. ‘Serotonin’ sees Marie Ulven, AKA Girl In Red, open up about her darkest thoughts, which juxtapose with the endorphin boosting production on the chorus that is a world away from the pair’s bedroom pop backgrounds.
Ulven’s panicked vocals make the song an anxiety-inducing experience, as she sings on the first verse, “I get intrusive thoughts like cutting my hands off, Like jumping in front of a bus, Like how do I make this stop, When it feels like my therapist hates me? Please don’t let me go crazy, Put me in a field with daisies.”
The singer explained to the BBC, “I’ve had intrusive thoughts for quite some time, probably for the past ten years: Thinking I’m going jump out of a window, thinking I’m going to jump in front of the train. It’s really intense, and you feel like you have to fight with yourself like to not do it.”
The track was written when Ulven was in therapy last year and that mind space she was in at the time of creating ‘Serotonin’ completely translates to the heartwrenching song.
“I learned that these are not things that I want,” Ulven continued. “This is not who I am. I actually don’t want to, like, run into a crowd of people with an axe. A thought is just a thought.
“The minute I realised that, then I was OK with talking about it because I have a much more relaxed relationship to it. I can sort of acknowledge that I’m actually OK.”
The Norwegian artist has been one of the most hyped upcoming artists over the last couple of years, and with her debut, If I Could Make It Go Quiet, arriving on April 30th — there’s a weight of expectation on her shoulders. ‘Serotonin’ is a track that is a step-up from the lo-fi songs that helped make her name, and it’s also her most personal song yet, with this taboo-breaking anthem.