“(Love Like A) Teenager” will be released tomorrow, 2nd of June. The video can only be accessed by signing up to Asbjørn’s mailing list or pre-saving the single.
With his new single, a 90s-pop-infused summer-banger, Asbjørn once again proves his Scandinavian pop to be as inventive as it is catchy. Disguised as a one-man-boyband, Asbjørn lures you in with orchestral stabs and an infectious sing-along refrain – but I bet you’ve never heard a key-change quite like this. ‘(Love Like A) Teenager’ is accompanied by a secret music video, also teased in last months visuals for the first single Young Dumb Crazy.
The video turns back time to 2016, where the video was filmed – but never released – and is an exclusive gift to Asbjørn’s fans, who pre-save the song or sign up for his newsletter.
Since the beginning of his career, Asbjørn has explored gender and identity on stage, his lyrics and music videos. Striving to “be the male ideal I desperately needed myself when I was a teenager”, Asbjørn also tours schools in his native Denmark, combining an infectious live show with student dialogues to talk about ideals in the mainstream. He says: “I don’t care what society considers masculine, but I sure did back then. I want to create a space where they can express their identity, sexuality and feelings freely.”
In the coming weeks, Asbjørn will explore these matters further as a guest contributor at Germany’s leading music and culture magazine, KALTBLUT. Under the title POPTOPIA, Asbjørn will host a series of interviews on Kaltblut and Instagram Live, discussing identity and pop culture with prominent guests from both in and outside the music industry. The first instalment of POPTOPIA features the British rapper James Indigo, and will be announced via Asbjørn’s socials and Kaltblut.
‘(Love Like A) Teenager’ is released on Wednesday the 2nd of June and is Asbjørn’s second single from his forthcoming LP BOYOLOGY, due to be released later this year via Embassy of Music and his imprint Body of Work.
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Watch the first video of Asbjørn’s BOYOLOGY series
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.