Sydney-based singer/songwriter BOLEYN is back after a long hiatus with “GIRLFRIEND”, a sultry exploration of heartbreak. This song shines a light on those who have been heartbroken by a partner who is unable or unwilling to come out and continue to live a double life. This is his first release since “Violence” all the way back in 2020.
Of the track, BOLEYN explains: “Falling for and having your heart broken by closeted guys is almost a queer rite of passage, especially for those who grow up in the suburbs,”
You’re in this quasi-semi-kinda-but-not-really relationship with someone who loves you in the backseat but wants nothing to do with you in the daylight. It’s not a fun time.”
I wrote ‘Girlfriend’ as a way to take ownership of that narrative and underscore what, for me, is the most important thing I learned from those times: “You may lie to your friends and your family, you may pretend you don’t know who I am when we’re all lining up at the bar of the local pub, but you and I both know what we had.
Even if no one else does.. you and I both know what we shared. You can try and rewrite history, but it’s too late – the song is already mixed and mastered.”
The video is beautiful and sensual. The attraction resonates, the truth of the passion is vivid and real. Moody lo-fi guitars and BOLEYN’s smoking, sensual vocals has “GIRLFRIEND” simmering from start to finish.
“GIRLFRIEND” may be his first solo material since 2020, but BOLEYN has been kept busy. He has been fronting Sydney band False London, who recently supported STUMPS and Pacific Avenue on national tours. He also performed at the inaugural APRA AMCOS x Mardi Gras Express Yourself Showcase.
BOLEYN is currently working on his debut EP, Wide Away, I’m Dreaming, with producer Xavier Dunn (Peking Duk, Jack River, CXLOE).
You can pre-save “Girlfriend” HERE. Enjoy our premiere ahead of its release tomorrow.