2 Paper Dolls, embody emotional frustration on their debut single, “Not Alright.” Born out of loneliness and a desire to connect with others creatively after both moved to Los Angeles, Frida Farrell and Isabel Latz of 2 Paper Dolls met online and instantly developed a musical connection. Both talented on their own, Frida an actor, songwriter, and vocalist who recently starred in the film Apartment 407, and Isabel who has toured Europe in an all-female punk rock band since the age of 14, it was no surprise that their music would reflect their experience. With influences that range from punk and folk to pop-rock, the women began writing songs together and performing throughout the Los Angeles area shortly after meeting, bringing their hyper-melodic and vocally rich sound to the stages of The Viper Room and the House of Blues. Their debut EP, “Never First,” is a reflection of their mutual musical influences and simmering emotional experiences.
Their debut single, “Not Alright,” was born from the untimely demise of a relationship. Full of longing and the torment of feelings left unsaid; there’s an unexpected sonic frustration that echoes throughout the track. Doused in a sheen rhythmic arrangement and percussive melodies, you can hear the smatterings of influences from bands like Haim and even 90’s Alanis Morissette at her best. Emotively raw and lyrically aching, “Not Alright” is a vulnerable reflection of what it feels like to be cast aside without a second thought. Layers of vocals create a wistful, almost ethereal, listening experience that pulls listeners into the folds of the emotional journey with ease.