Premiere: BOLEYN tackles the anxieties of growing up on re: 21
Armed with an intimate alt-pop sound, the Sydney musician positions himself as one to keep an eye on in the year ahead.
Late last year, we were introduced into the world of Cronulla's BOLEYN, who with his songs made while "drunk on $5 wine", introduced himself as a fun force to be reckoned with in future years. At the time, he was releasing an alt-pop banger titled The Revisionist - a captivating, genre-blurring listen which brought this soft indie-pop backing together with mannerisms from hip-hop, R&B and electronica, conjuring up a sound he then works into his vocals which often, talk about some pretty heavy issues - sexuality, mental health, societal pressures and what-not more.
It was the first taste of his forthcoming debut EP Speaking Out Of Turn, which with its arrival later this year, promises seven tracks that tackle themes on "the anxieties of youth, sexuality and dealing with the pressures of being the child of first-generation immigrants" in an open and incredibly vulnerable way, placing them through a "pop filter" as he says to create something intimate, relatable and versatile, but easily accessible. It's something that shines through on his new single and next EP tease re: 21, which combines themes on anxiety - which we'll leave him to talk about in a second - with a crescendoing instrumental that grows from something stripped-back and personal to something more cinematic and thickly-layered as the track draws longer, drawing you in with its intimacy and spitting you out well-knowledgeable on one of Australia's most exciting names.
"Each verse deals with a specific anxiety; alcohol, old friends, mental health, drugs and hook-up culture," he says on the track. "I remember sitting at home in my early twenties one night, with my guitar in hand, and thinking ‘Taylor Swift lied!’ She has her song 22, right? Well, I was in my twenties and wasn’t having any fun. I was going out with friends and having anxiety attacks in the club, waking up next to strangers and feeling empty and in general, feeling like I wasn’t living my life properly. So, instead of writing a party anthem about being young and not giving a fuck, I wrote what felt like the truth of my years as a young adult." Dive into the track below: