“I remember realizing I was in love with someone,” says Ralph (real name: Raffa Weyman). “I had this feeling that I was going to either bawl or puke.
“I thought: ‘Shit. I’m in love, but I don’t think I’m going to get what I want out of it.’” She pauses before genuinely pondering: “What’s better? Having that sick, infatuated feeling but knowing it’s too complicated or dating someone simple and good but never feeling sick over it?”
Ralph’s melodic retro-pop is as colourful as her fashion-forward ensembles. She admits that she’s been in love two (maybe three) times, and her self-titled EP is an honest reflection of the thrill, unbalance and confusion of dating in this modern era. It’s a commitment to realness that she isn’t about to give up for love.
“It doesn’t bother me if someone knows I’m writing about them,” she says. “I’m not trying to glorify what happened; I just don’t care to lie about it.”
She also doesn’t care to lie to herself. Feeling good physically and spiritually—charging herself with good food and exercise and practising box breathing to calm anxiety—helps her find control amid the chaos.
When she finds the time to successfully meditate, she repeats mantras like “You are good. You are kind. You are lucky.”
“I figure I can’t be preaching self-love in my music if I’m not trying to practise it,” she says. Her favourite love song: “A Case of You,” Joni Mitchell