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. I just wanted to write a two-minute, three chords and ‘fuck you!’ song.
“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?”