Pop music has an illustrious history of tearing straight down gender binaries. Danish singer plus producer Asbjørn is aligned along with such a history, using his music to challenge established mainstream concepts of heteronormativity. In Asbjørn’s very own words: “Being an ‘independent man’, exploring your sexuality and having fun with the masculine ideal is still difficult in pop culture, and most males who try will be labelled ‘less men’. I believe that every man need to find his own balance between femininity and masculinity. ”
This video, accompanying the sixth release in his ongoing Pseudo Visions series, is an unsettling number: Naked man falls out of bed, is beset with visions, first in his head and then on the TV (which is, befitting of the high concept/high contrast eighties aesthetic, is connected to a VCR). Cue a barrage of video nasty clips plus war imagery juxtaposed with sexual body-on-body contact or, you know, several sperme. All while Asbjørn looks on, sadistically. What does it all suggest? Who knows. But the moment when the song’s icy atmospherics splinter to reveal a rapid 4/4 kick gets all of us every time.
The Pseudo Visions series will eventually lead to his follow-up album to 2012’s Sunken Ships , to be released early 2015 on Body of Work. You can capture Asbjørn before then when he provides his sophisticated dance-pop to Digital Beats Festival Leipzig on November 21st. Our appetite is certainly whetted.