Cold War Kids have released ‘Complainer (Strings & Keys),’ a powerful acoustic version of their acclaimed latest single.
Produced by Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, HEALTH, Foster the People), ‘Complainer’ marks Cold War Kids’s first co-write with multi-platinum songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Rita Ora) and Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone. The first new music from Cold War Kids in more than two years, the song arrived earlier this summer alongside ‘4th of July’.
‘Complainer’ is a call to transcend and do something constructive rather than dwell on all the things that might drag us down; its message inspired vocalist Nathan Willett throughout the recording process. ‘4th of July,’ with Willett’s falsetto delivering a laid-back but withering chorus as the beat pops smoothly around him, is a song about the mixed feelings Americans can encounter on patriotic holidays spent in celebration but without a context of appreciation.