unhappybirthday “Keanu” (exclusive)

09 Sep 2014 — Henning Lahmann

Not sure if the German vocals are a recently added feature of Hamburg-based lo-fi outfit unhappybirthday, but the singer's sloppy and languid baritone is definitely the perfect complement to the disillusioned, detached words about a desolate human interaction, probably a failing relationship. The laconic crooning is nicely accompanied by naively warm twinkling and plucking synths that exude an eerie coziness, giving "Keanu" a curiously nostalgic and comforting feel, almost as if life didn't really suck after all.

"Keanu" is taken from Swimmingpool, which will be released later this year via Night-People. The band will tour Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands this fall beginning September 19.