If you don’t already know who ABSRDST is, then you’ll certainly know of their work.
Having worked with the likes of Dorian Electra, the queer producer has been described as one of dance music’s best kept secret and is now ready to make a name for themselves.
ABSRDST, real name Jack Vanoudenaren, has just unveiled his latest track ‘Fruity Pablo’ featuring queer pop/rap artist CHAV, and it’s a summer-ready jam that celebrates all things Pride and excess.
In the track, ABSRDST openly embraces his queerness by singing about his luck with the men. “He’s not a bottom, but he asked me if I’d top him, It’s okay boy no one’s watching”, he sings over lush jazz chords.
“All the straight people get to sing proudly about their sexual history and kind of glorify their experiences and I thought it would be fun to do the same, singing about being popular and promiscuous and stuff,” Vanoudenaren says.
“My approach has always been to sing about my life with the same comfort levels as any straight person. I think people can relate to that honesty in a visceral way, queer or not.
“In the song, I’m with a guy who’s never bottomed but wants to try it, so I tell him “Let me teach you, drop in.” I think it’s sweet, in a way.
“There’s a lot of misogyny within top/bottom, daddy/boy culture. Some days I really do feel more feminine, and I think a lot of gays on Grindr look down on you for showing vulnerability or femininity.
“I see masculinity as a fun place to play in and tease the status quo.”
The music video for the track is directed by both CHAV and Vanoudenaren, and features some of his own animation and typography alongside a nostalgic mid-2000s DIY flair.
Brooklyn-based CHAV said of the creation of the track: “Jack and I wanted to make something with some of that swag and confidence, but in our own little queer kind of sissy way.
“It’s feeling yourself, feeling your fantasy, allowing yourself to take up as much room as you want to.
“Sometimes as queer artists, we’re timid about taking up space, especially spaces that are typically straight-male dominated such as hip-hop, rock, country.
“For me this song is like “fuck that, don’t mind if I do, I’m taking up all the room I want. Welcome to the party. There’s fruit punch on the table.”