Rising Icelandic talent Máni Orrason makes a welcome return with his new single ‘I Go Up’. Riddled with fidgety energy, the track is the first to be revealed from an ambitious project by the enigmatic artist.
Following in the wake of Orrason’s 2019 EP BABY ANGEL and preceding the arrival of his new collection BABY ANGEL LOVES YOU, ‘I Go Up’ is a deft side-step to the off-kilter pop of which fans have been accustomed. Continuing with the songwriter’s trademark contemplative lyrics, ‘I Go Up’ flips such introspection on its head by being a bombastic anthem of self-belief. It’s important to be your own cheerleader, after all.
Seamlessly marrying disparate influences such as Charli XCX, PC Music, Blink 182 and The Clash, ‘I Go Up’ calls out to the isolated youth looking for a community and empowers them to believe in themselves. It is something that, for Orrason, is very close to his heart.
“When I started to make music, I lived on a farm in Iceland and I started to play guitar, and all this stuff that I found on YouTube, all this kinda punk rock, pop-punk stuff was such an escape for me. I saw this as my path out of there,” Orrason shares. “I wanted to write a song for my 13, 14-year-old self. My favourite band at 13 was Green Day and I just wanted to write a two-minute, three chords and ‘fuck you!’ song.”
Positioning himself as a symbol of hope in the alternate dystopia of BABY ANGEL LOVES YOU, Orrason’s new project examines consumerism and adolescence in a rapidly declining world, one that opts to turn a blind eye to sadness, destruction and loneliness. It is almost as if it could be our own. In this setting, it is the prerogative of BABY ANGEL to bring all together in a liberating community, wherever they may be.
“Despite all the pseudo-intellectual shit around what I’m doing now, the basic heart of it is very naïve,” summarises Orrason. “I wanted to bring things down to a very simple level especially with this song, to make something more innocent, something my 13-year-old self would’ve liked. I wanted to make music from a more empathetic, genuine place of something that could be of some value to a teenager, or to anyone in my position. What is the point of giving more pain to the world?”
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