‘Reveal Party’ Wants To Challenge Our View On Masculinity With New Single “I Love My Brothers”

“I Love My Brothers” is the second single to be lifted from Reveal Party’s debut EP, ‘You Stole A Year Of My Life’, and is both a celebration of wholesome masculinity and an open invitation to further discuss the social norms of gender roles.

Words by Nikoline Skaarup / Photo by Gloria Berenice Moreno

“I Love My Brothers” is only the second single from Reveal Party, but the Danish act has already proved that they’re not only unique in their sound but also admirably brave in the lyrics and an important new act to keep an eye on in the future. 

Emily Holm Nyhuus is a trans woman, and she’s the singer, songwriter and first initiator of Reveal Party. With the debut single “I’m A Girl”, released earlier this month, Nyhuus paved the way for an honest and sincere lyrical universe with lines such as “Doesn’t make me wrong // Doesn’t mean I’m hurting anyone” and “I’m a girl that’s a choice I must have missed”. With the second outing “I Love My Brothers”, Nyhuus is once again touching upon a topic that we have yet to talk and care more about; the toxic stereotypes of masculinity. bbb,

“I wanted to celebrate letting men be vulnerable, letting men cry, letting ALL men be feminine (cis and trans), celebrating trans men who are so often not included in the mainstream, but who I see as absolutely essential and frontrunners in this cultural movement of wholesome masculinity,” Nyhuus explains in a statement about the song, that you can read in its full below.

Just like the topic of the song, the musicality challenges the norms. It’s an only 2:41 minute long treasure of experimental indie-folk with a quiet and calming acoustic guitar melody slowly being disrupted by a raw distorted guitar. There’s no climax, no real verse, no real chorus and only a stripped-down instrumentation. It differs from almost everything expected of a traditional song structure but yet still works perfectly with a peacefulness assuring us that everything is gonna be alright, even though things aren’t always as we expect them to be. 

The new track is accompanied by a liberating DIY-collage of home videos following a group of ‘brothers’ doing everything from drinking a beer while shaving each other’s heads to putting on red nail polish and dance around the house in a pink shirt.

“I’m A Girl” and “I Love My Brothers” are both to be found on Revel Party’s debut EP You Stole A Year Of My Life, set for release on July 21st. The EP is the result of Emily’s year long fight for being who she is, waiting at the Center for Gender Identity to get hormones while dealing with depression and the feeling of powerlessness. 

With the two singles and the forthcoming EP, Nyhuus is taking back the power and passing it on to other people who need it just as much as she did.

Below is Nyhuus’ full statement on “I Love My Brothers”:

I Love My Brothers is a love letter to men, wholesome masculinity, untraditional masculinity, vulnerability, solidarity and love.

As a trans woman I obviously felt quite trapped in masculinity. I write all the time about this feeling and what specific aspects of masculinity made me feel that way. There seems to be this broader cultural movement of wholesome masculinity and redefining manhood, I see these men all around me everyday who handle masculinity beautifully, these men I appreciate so much, I wanted to celebrate them.

I wanted to celebrate letting men be vulnerable, letting men cry, letting ALL men be feminine (cis and trans), celebrating trans men who are so often not included when trans people are discussed in the mainstream, but who I see as absolutely essential and frontrunners in this cultural movement of wholesome masculinity.

I wanted a song that told them that even if they have family who do not understand, who are distant or silent or dismissive, that they are still our brothers and that I love my brothers.

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