Platinum-selling singer/songwriter and producer Rasmus Hagen emits a euphoric feeling wrapped up in a juxtaposed sense of hope and fear with his latest isngle “Learn to Love.” Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Rasmus combines pop and acoustic soul into a compelling blend that aims straight to the listener’s hearts. Inspired by Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Julia Michaels, and Lauv, he also uses his experiences in life to covert his happy or sad moments in his songs.
Everything started with weekly guitar lessons at 8 years old, playing classic guitar rock songs from The Beatles and The Eagles – which eventually led to starting his cover band. After a few years of passionately jamming with classmates, Rasmus went on an exchange year to the USA and focused on music theory and classical guitar. During this time, he played in several bands and toured both nationally and internationally, before deciding to start a solo career. In February 2021, he released his debut album Love & Hurt, which was received with glowing reviews and achieved platinum status within just six months.
“Learn to Love” touches on tearing down emotional walls built from a previous relationship and slowly opening up to giving and receiving love again. The self-produced and engineered track, co-written alongside Swedish songwriter Aron Blom, is a story of two people surrendering to love, reminding listeners to be vulnerable and providing comfort when dropping the barriers for romance.
Rasmus enlists the help of Dutch vocalist Maxine to add a stunning polarity of tones and perspective, including a phenomenal array of harmonies that result in ultimate full-body shivers. The track pulls a tender piano motif behind Rasmus’s haunting, echoing vocals. The rawness of the lyrics is highlighted by the pop-acoustic production. The hopefulness of the lyrics is highlighted by energetic guitar strums and subtle romantic synths. As the track progresses, the enchanting vocals explore the duality of learning to love – the fear of opening yourself up to somoene else but the satisfaction of finding a love that’s worth it. The harmonious duets allow the depth of the message to drive through the highly singable and relatable song.