Marlene Larsen – ‘Galore’ EP


The debut EP from France-based artist Marlene Larsen, Galore packs an emotional punch in its heartfelt lyrical realness and evolving melodic engrossment, stirring with both rock-minded anthems and introspective dreamy folk.

The opening “Birthday” captivates in its from-the-heart retrospection — declaring “fuck last year,” in recollecting how they lost friends and also themselves, now stuck in a state with “no friends, no party,” — “happy birthday to me.” The dramatic shift in twangy guitars and backing illumination complements the “scared to be like my dad,” admittance, showcasing Larsen’s knack for captivating tonal twists. “Birthday” is a brilliantly expressive opener to a stellar EP. Look for the track’s music video to release on September 26th.

The EP continues impressing throughout, from the sludgy dreaminess of “I Said I’m Fine” — featured previously here — to the gentle folk-minded “Careful,” which continues the opener’s themes of losing friends and re-discovering oneself. The finale “Public Apology” also rouses, meshing spoken-word intrigue with angular rock charm — reminiscent of Wolf Alice. Marlene Larsen’s Galore EP is a surefire winner.

“Birthday” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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