While he’s become known for introspective pop tracks, Icelandic artist Máni Orasson is taking a turn for the pop-punk on his latest song.
On Friday (Feb. 14), Orrason released his brand new single “I Go Up,” a guitar-infused pop-rock jam that sees the singer taking on his angsty side. Throughout the high-energy track, the singer lets his lover know that he’s leaving, and he’s certainly not looking back. “No I don’t really hate myself I hate you/ And all the things I never could live up to,” he wails. “I skipped therapy did mushrooms in my bedroom/ Don’t have to do a thing if I don’t want to.”
Orrason also unveiled the music video for his new track, embracing the angsty melody by taking out his frustrations on one particular object — a car. Dressed as a mechanic in a body shop, the singer takes a sledgehammer to the vehicle, smashing the windshield, breaking the mirrors, denting the fender and finally claiming victory by performing a guitar solo on top of the totaled hatchback.
In a statement released with the song, Orrason said that he wanted to pay homage to the music he loved when he was a teenager. “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 said. “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.”
Check out Máni Orrason’s “I Go Up” below: