80’s music lovers may think this is a cover of the hit track by The Cure, however, here Elias presents an original cut written from personal experience.
Produced in collaboration with his longtime friend Jonas Bark (Jada) ‘Boys Don’t Cry‘ is a fusion of melodic beats with dreamy, laid-back R&B textures. The commercial appeal of the production doesn’t drown the tracks soulful essence. As the Blues testify, even the bad times can be creatively inspirational, and Elias captured his experience by writing this track following a painful breakup.
Through Elias’s smooth, soulful vocals, he talks about how men are encouraged to believe that expressing their emotions is a sign of weakness and the negative impact this mindset has on relationships.
Speaking about the single, Elias said
“In way too many situations I’ve found myself trying to hide what I’m feeling. I think I’ve always thought of crying as some sort of weakness. As a boy, I was raised to be strong, and in many cases, that meant not crying. We all cry. It’s good to cry. It’s good to show emotions. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is my way of dealing with the countless times I’ve been trying to hide it.“
Of Danish-Tunisian descent, Elias speaks English, Danish, Arabic and French. He grew up listening to hip-hop and American soul, which has heavily influenced the R&B he creates today. He’s produced a steady stream of high-calibre tracks such as Summertime Blue and Closer. Both have amassed over 2 million streams on Spotify alone and garnered the artist over 340k monthly listeners. How many have reached beyond the Danish coast is unknown to us, but in 2020 Elias aims to win over the UK ahead of his debut album release in the spring.
We have a good feeling Elias tears will soon be tears of joy.