On Thursday (March 25), Norwegian radio station NRK P3 released a new edition of their “P3LIVE” series, where Girl in Red (known offstage as singer-songwriter Marie Ulven) took The Weeknd’s beloved After Hours single and transformed it into an angsty, gritty, rocked-out anthem.
Jamming with a full three-piece backing band in a small storefront, Ulven spiked up the tempo of the hit single and amplified the lyrics’ already-heartbroken tone, retrofitting the track with a brand-new sound and meaning. “You could’ve asked me why I broke your heart/ You could’ve told me that you fell apart,” she snarls into the microphone. “But you walked past me like I wasn’t there/ And just pretended like you didn’t care.”
The new cover comes just off the release of Girl in Red’s latest single “Serotonin.” The track, produced by Finneas, is featured on her upcoming debut album If I Could Make It Go Quiet, which is due via AWAL on April 30. “I’m shedding light on the darkest parts of my mind and i’m letting everyone in,” Ulven said of the new album in a statement. “If I Could Make It Go Quiet is me simply trying to understand what the f— is going on.”
Check out Girl in Red’s rollicking cover of The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” below: