Marie Ulven Ringheim realised in September 2017 that she was madly in love with her best friend. She saw her in the distance at a concert and texted her the message ‘girl in red’ to let her know she was there. Nothing came of it. But that moment of longing has guided her music ever since, says the Norwegian in her twenties. It also gave her an artist name for the funny, delicate songs she wrote in her bedroom on the guitar she got from her grandfather one Christmas. Her first single ‘I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend’ was among the best songs of 2018. It expressed the desires of many of her contemporaries and made Ringheim a beacon in the LGBTQ+ community. ‘Do you listen to girl in red?’ is the way one asks if someone is a lesbian on TikTok these days.