Amanda Bøg on ‘Månen’

Photo: Sofi Hellberg Olsson

On August 12th Danish singer-songwriter Amanda Bøg will release her debut single ‘Månen’ (The Moon) – a song about surrendering yourself to insanity and chaos when the world around you is falling apart. Read all about Amanda’s new single in this interview.

What has inspired you to write this track?

»The first ideas for ‘Månen’ came to me while I was in the studio taking a break from writing a different song. I wanted to write a song that captured the feelings of insanity that you can experience when a relationship is coming to an end. The relationship might feel safe and familiar but also suffocating«.

»I often get to a point in romantic relationships where I start to come up with reasons to leave. I can point out everything that makes the relationship unhealthy for me. Yet there are still moments where all reason disappears and I forget about all the unhealthy things and surrender to insanity. I call this state “being taken by the moon”. It can be scary and magical at once.«.

What do you hope the listener will take away from the track?

»I hope that I’m not the only one who finds comfort in something I know isn’t healthy for me. In my experience the safety will slowly turn to discomfort and make you go crazy. That’s what you can hear in the background vocals. I’ve tried to make them sound like witches screaming. ‘Månen’ is also about how difficult it is to draw a line for yourself and others – but that’s okay. You’ll get better if you keep trying«.

What role does the song play in your new project?

»The EP is about love, loneliness and farewells – and about being in a close relationship with a person who has severe mental health problems. The songs came into being because I needed to process that I had gotten out of a relationship. That’s why the songs contain feelings of guilt, shame, powerlessness, relief and everything in between. Of all the tracks on the record, ‘Månen’ was the hardest one to make because I wanted the mood of the production to reflect both aggression and vulnerability.«

Is there something you want to highlight about the song?

»The witchlike harmonies in the chorus. They are inspired by traditional Bulgarian songs, which I love. It’s so quirky, ugly and powerful at once!«

‘Månen’ will be released through W.A.S. Entertainment August 12th 2021.