The single comes ahead of his highly-anticipated LP BOYOLOGY, out 28 January.
Asbjørn continues his rebellion against gender norms with infectious pop songs and challenging videos; His latest single, Remember My Name, is an intense love story between Asbjørn and on-screen boyfriend Christoffer Rønje got flagged by YouTube as adult content. And now, after three singles, two magazine covers, concerts at WorldPride in Copenhagen and an intimate live session of the forthcoming single for Danish radio P3, Asbjørn finally releases “Be Human” on October 1st.
On top of Jackons’esque beats and a triumphant horn section, Asbjørn discloses childhood cross-dressing experiments and defies to be either man or woman by the book. “Can I just be human?”, Asbjørn asks blatantly in the song’s chorus.
“I am very grateful for the exposure my queer colleagues and I receive in mainstream media during Pride. But queer youth doesn’t only need representation once a year. They need support every single day, so nobody grows up feeling wrong in our society”, Asbjørn’s says and adds: “I definitely needed someone like me to look up to in my childhood.”
“Be Human” is out on October 1 and will be accompanied by the third and final video from his ambitious Boyology Series on October 5. The trilogy was created in collaboration with the Danish documentary filmmaker Kathrine Skibsted (“Forever Young Forever Old – A Love Story”, “Loves Me, Loves Me Not”).
Asbjørn’s third LP Boyology releases on January 28 on Embassy of Music.
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.