Letdown. is a bit like Blind Channel (the Finnish nu-metal band that was in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021) – leading the way in the beginning of an emerging genre, dark pop. Dark pop can be categorized with heavy guitars coasting over pop melodies, with electronic influence. It’s an interesting genre, to say the least, combining the candor and heartache found in emo, with the sing-song-y aspect that pop music embodies. Letdown. is a moniker for Blake Coddington, which became a solo project at the height of the pandemic. His most recent release, ‘Happiness is Overrated,’ follows his Crying in the Shower EP release. And boy, did we have a good cry to his newest single in our shower this morning.
Letdown.’s newest track, ‘Happiness is Overrated,’ is exactly what it sounds like. Realizing there is no true definition of happiness, self-medicating, and feeling as if you’re screaming into the constant void.
Have a gander at the music video below!
Letdown reveals the darkest side of himself, writing about just holding on, with a very catchy hook, repeating ‘Happiness is overrated.’ The instrumentals on this track are truly the star, using some cheeky synthesizers, but channeling early 2000s pop-rock in the chorus. Two to the floor, the kick drum banging throughout the entire track, the thrash of guitars that are reminiscent of the songs we used to scream in the mirror after a particularly bad day.
We’ve added this song to our “Crying in the Shower” playlist (with Letdown.’s ‘Crying in the Shower’ at the top of the list, obviously). Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to sit on the floor of the bathroom with scalding hot water cascading over us, pretending we’re in a sad montage in an early 2000s teen comedy.
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