Today’s the day, folks! Keith, the promising young musician from Apas, solidifies his defining musical persona, Keith Human. This date is more than a debut for his first single, Leave Your Baggage By the Door, it’s the culmination of a lifelong obsession with music and the unnatural tenacity to create. The best part: he’s only getting started.
Leave Your Baggage At The Door and its B-side track, Ain’t Love Cruel? may vary in approach, but both songs carry a genuine vulnerability to them – a quality that’s hard to pull off for many artists. In Leave Your Baggage At The Door, Keith gives reverence to Lou Reed’s songwriting style. The candid lyrics, “And love would have been easier/ If one left their baggage by the door” are delivered with frayed vocals that are almost reminiscent of Mac DeMarco. All the while, you’re lulled into a laidback psychedelic soundscape until that dream is distorted by gritty guitars. As the song suggests, some fantasies can leave you with scars.
You know he’s baring more of himself than most wounded hearts would willingly admit
Meanwhile on Ain’t Love Cruel?, Keith switches to soft, layered acoustics and Dylan-esque lyricism. When he pleads, “All I wanted was to be loved/ But love’s too cruel”, you know he’s baring more of himself than most wounded hearts would willingly admit.
Keith Human has a clear vision for his sound. At the core of his craft, all he wants is for his songs to be layered, personal, and enjoyable. What’s actually more promising to us is his talent for composition. Keith’s admiration for legendary songwriters like Bob Dylan and Lou Reed sets him on a path to create lyrics that are narratively intriguing and, if possible, universal. Talking about his lead single, Keith jokes, “This song sounds like drinking iced coffee at night; a bad idea, but it makes you think twice anyway.” His debut album Boringly Wild is currently in production.
The man is on fire. Seriously, someone help him
Keith told us that the upcoming album “Boringly Wild” is a coming-of-age record. He wants his music to paint a vivid picture of the mundane nightlife he and his buddies used to have before the pandemic. You can expect songs about frustrations with love, meeting someone at a bar, the benefits and drawbacks of interacting with a stranger, encounters with kinky individuals, and, most importantly, being with the people Keith calls friends.
So if you find yourself feeling nostalgic for the not-so-distant past or just want to listen to a new breed of Cebuano music, give Keith Human’s songs a listen. The man is on fire. Seriously, someone help him.
Anyway, I won’t delay this. Enjoy listening! And have a great weekend, creative beans!
Rio Lim is a creative bean and the tobacco connoisseur of Team Love Club. She hosts Sugarhouse Podcast with her housemate, Neil . When she’s not recording, she’s watching SNL videos or hanging out with her friends.