Distant Lovers – “Two Birthdays”


“Two Birthdays” casts a dreamy spell throughout, the lush synths and hooky vocal lead driving to a soaring chorus. The track comes via Distant Lovers, the project of San Francisco Bay Area-based musician Alex Lasner. Aesthetically bearing a likeness to The Radio Dept. with the synth-laden pleasantries and hypnotically straight-cutting percussion, “Two Birthdays” charms throughout, developing further with the enchanting bridge around 02:35. “Two birthdays in a year,” Lasner sings during the chorus, a replay-inducing success.

Lasner describes the track as “a torch song written from the perspective of a lover holding out hope that the subject of their unrequited love will someday return to blow out the flames of still-burning birthday candles.”

“Two Birthdays” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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