12 O'Clock Track: The bewitching bedroom-pop of Emily Reo's "Happy Birthday" | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: The bewitching bedroom-pop of Emily Reo's "Happy Birthday"

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It's been nearly a month since I stumbled upon a lovely and lackadaisical jam from Boston bedroom-pop musician Emily Reo called "Happy Birthday" and I'm still stuck on it all these weeks later. Reo carefully layers her winsome and wistful voice atop a washed-out piano melody, a simple drum pattern that drags ever so slightly, and what sounds like a delicately plucked banjo, and the results are mesmerizing; Reo's multitracked vocals gives her singing a strange robotic quality that comes across as alien at certain points, but she delivers her lines with so much heart you can practically feel her pulse.

Florida indie Elestial Sound released "Happy Birthday" as part of its 2013 label compilation, and Reo is planning on including it on a forthcoming album. The tune is also today's 12 O'Clock Track, and if you're like me you'll be playing it almost daily for weeks to come.

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