"I've actually invested all of the money that I've made in Denmark into going to America," says the striking singer-songwriter.
"If you want to do it the easy way, you should definitely not go to America."
This admission is made by Maria Apetri, better known as Denmark's resident indie-pop chanteuse Fallulah. Apetri is calling from New York, where she's performing at Left Field on Saturday night (Oct. 19) as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. She's in the city alone -- "I travel by myself most of the time," she says -- and is planning to treat herself to a movie. "I'm going to see 'Don Jon,' I think it's called," she tells Billboard. "I really like that guy Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He's cool."
Fallulah does not necessarily have to be navigating the perils of America and its cinematic offerings; in fact, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter is a legitimate star in her native country. Born outside of Copenhagen, Apetri signed a two-album deal with Sony in Denmark and released her debut album, "The Black Cat Neighbourhood," in 2010. Featuring the melodic, folk-strewn singles "Out Of It" and "I Lay My Head," the album is perfect fodder for fans of strong, sardonic pop songwriters like Kate Nash and Lily Allen.