Kid Fourteen – “Learning How to Die”

Photo Credit: Mamdouh Lmchad

The eerily enveloping “Learning How to Die” comes via Paris-based artist Kid Fourteen. Crawling synths concoct a darkly enigmatic sound alongside the artist’s deep and resonating vocals, bolstered by a spontaneous brass addition past the first minute — aesthetically resembling King Krule’s atmospheric allure.

The brooding soundscape finds compelling accompaniment in lyrics reflecting the unfairness in society, particularly among the homeless and displaced. “Where do the homeless sleep when they dream and which lovers do they take to their grave?” the vocals let out. Per Kid Fourteen, the track explores “the need for wishful thinking met with a seemingly unfair world.”

Intoxicating with its thought-provoking thematic strengths and atmospheric production, balancing hypnotic synths and expressive saxophone, “Learning How to Die” represents the first single from Kid Fourteen’s upcoming fourth album, A Brief Emotional Dragon.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

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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