Boy In Space (born Robin Lundbäck) heard all the pleas for “Caroline” and released the single on Friday (Feb. 7).
Before listening to “Caroline,” though, it has to be understood where Boy In Space is coming from.
“I can be crazy and all over the place at times,” the Swedish singer-songwriter said via press release. “I was always the class clown in school, and although I got along with everyone, I was never really at the top of the class. So ‘Boy In Space’ has a very literal meaning to it. Although my songs can be sad, if you meet me, you’ll find that I’m full of energy and actually pretty happy (most of the time). So in a not-so-literal way, Boy In Space has become the space where I’m able to go to express those sad and darker feelings.”
The duality in his moniker seeps through into “Caroline.” The track can be categorized as pop, but there are several sub-genres active below that umbrella that make it impossible to label. The raw emotion in Boy In Space’s voice during the chorus at times is reminiscent a blink-182, emo-pop delivery, but the underlying R&B elements in other verses don’t let it drift too far into any one direction. The most consistent ingredient from beginning to end is Boy In Space. He has carved out his own lane.
“Caroline is that girl that you’re crushing on but is completely out of your league and untouchable,” Boy In Space said via press release. “We all knew a Caroline growing up.”
And the song “Caroline” is primed to be blasted and sung as loudly (and poorly) as you can while driving in the dark. The nostalgic, unrequited lyrics are tastefully blatant and feel like secrets you would admit to your closest of friends at a sleepover.
He sings, in part: “Caroline, Caroline / On my mind, stuck for life / I don’t think I’ll ever forget you / Ooh, in my high states of mind / Take my heart and my life / Caroline, tonight I need to hold you / Sometimes it hurts but does it really matter? / I’ve been having dreams and it feels like wonderland / Sometimes I just wish that you would wear my sweater.”
Boy In Space said the following during an interview with Atwood Magazine last August: “I think that goes for all the artists that I do like, I think it’s something I can really relate to because I am a songwriter and I want to be able to express myself in my own kind of way. … It doesn’t really matter, it’s just cool when you can express yourself in your own way. It doesn’t have to be like super edgy or super out there; it can still be pop and it can still be still be played on the radio. I just like it when an artist has actually done it and it feels like it’s authentic.”
He has done precisely that with “Caroline.”
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