The Danish pop singer Asbjørn is sharing the heartfelt first single “Young Dumb Crazy” from his forthcoming third album BOYOLOGY, out May 7.
“Young Dumb Crazy” is a catchy and reflective pop-ballad, which the singer wrote to himself from the point of view of his ex-boyfriend. “I put all the things into the song that I wished he would have said to me,” Asbjørn says. The song, however, got him reflecting not only on his past relationship, but also on his own actions. In an attempt to get over his heartache, Asbjørn ended up inflicting the same pain on someone else that he himself had just gone through. “As I wrote the song, I realised the double-perspective, the irony and my own hypocrisy,” he adds.
This makes “Young Dumb Crazy” a beautifully schizophrenic piece of modern pop music showcasing Asbjørn’s piercing voice, singing about lost love with synthetically processed emotion.
The single is accompanied by the inaugural music video of his three-part visual project called The Boyology Series.
“Young Dumb Crazy” is released on 7th May via Embassy of Music and the video was premiered exclusively on Kaltblut.
Not a boy, not quite a man.
Bonafide pop; but a maverick in the mainstream. Ever since his 2012 debut album Sunken Ships, Asbjørn has been a poster boy of the unconventional. His self-exposing lyrics offer radio-length sex education wrapped in adventurous yet highly infectious pop production, gaining him praise from his personal heroine Lykke Li and creating waves of critical acclaim beyond the shores of his native Denmark.
In 2014, while releasing his sophomore visual album Pseudo Visions, Asbjørn uprooted to Berlin to write the follow-up. Unrequited love kickstarted an entangled rite of passage in the busy metropolis, ultimately leaving him heartbroken and questioning his resilience. The forthcoming, long-awaited LP BOYOLOGY is “a study of the relation between vulnerability and masculinity”, Asbjørn reflects. “I always thought of myself as a natural-born gender bender, but suddenly I saw myself reacting to heartache by oppressing it in this super stereotypical way. The album confronts that within me as well as outside; I want to discuss those invisible expectations, in society and pop culture, of what a man should or should not be.”
His body moves with soft sensuality yet the force and energy of a lightweight boxer, but his words might even pack a harder punch. “I don’t wanna be a man if a man means power, to not empower others”, he sings on the album with his longing signature falsetto, only to burst into a powerful belt. And anyone who’s witnessed Asbjørn on a festival stage in Europe or on headliner tours from Denmark to China knows he bears it all. But after the extensive touring that followed his second album, Asbjørn needed to figure out his next move. “I want to hit this nerve where vulnerability sounds pop”, Asbjørn explains. “And to find that space I needed to reflect, as well as practice my craft in writing and producing.”
BOYOLOGY is the fruit of that labour.
Asbjørn’s stunning visuals for Pseudo Visions accumulated millions of views on YouTube and solidified his status as one of Scandinavia’s most visionary upcoming artists.
BOYOLOGY too is accompanied by a series of interconnected videos which, in Asbjørn’s own words, “feels like a queer coming-of-age short film”. The album and its videos are released by Embassy of Music and his own label Body of Work.