Filipa Marinho is a Lisbon, Portugal-born singer/songwriter, who grew up in an emotionally abusive household with plenty of early exposure to American cartoons, mid-90s movies and a growing intimacy with Hollywood notions of love, relationships and human nature. Growing up in an emotionally abusive household has reverberated through the Portuguese singer/songwriter’s life and her full-length debut ~ (read as tilde), written and recorded under the moniker Marinho thematically touches upon sadness and fear of abandonment, coming to terms with the enormous gap between overly romanticized expectations and real life, as well as her sexuality and desires as a gay woman and feminism.
Recorded at Black Sheep Studios and mastered by Philip Shaw Bova, ~’s material sonically draws from American folk music but with a lush, cinematic tinge. Interestingly, the album’s first single “Ghost Notes” received airplay on major Portuguese radio stations and was included on a number of Spotify and Apple Music playlists, including Fresh Finds: Six Strings, New Music Friday and Breaking Alternative respectively. The album’s second single “Window Pain” continued to build upon the growing momentum, as it premiered on VICE Portugal. And since the release of her debut album’s first two singles, Marinho spent the spring and summer touring to build up buzz for the album.
~’s latest single “I Give Up and It’s OK” is centered around shimmering acoustic guitar, atmospheric and subtly arpeggiated synths, gently padded drumming, a sinuous bass line and Marinho’s vocals, which manage to be plaintive, aching and defiant simultaneously. And while bearing a resemblance to Aussie JOVM mainstays Husky, JAMES and others, the song thematically is about letting go of the idealized, two-dimensional person that Marinho thought she wanted to be in her in relationships and accepting herself in her entirety — messiness, warts, strengths and all. But along with that, there’s the newfound strength and will of taking up space, as you who you really are.
The recently released and incredibly cinematic video for “I Give Up and It’s OK” by Martim Braz Teixeira, follows the rapidly rising Portuguese singer/songwriter as she goes on a deeply contemplative hike through an incredibly verdant forest – but things take a surreal turn, as she encounters herself wearing a blue suit with blue paint on her skin in the distance. The video ends with the video’s protagonist beginning to accept herself.