Video of the Moment #249: Keane (feat. K’Naan)

By on Monday, 12th April 2010 at 6:00 pm

Keane, of stadium piano rock fame, will be releasing a new EP later this spring. The EP is purported to feature two collaborations: one with Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan, and the other with female Japanese MC Tigarah. Keane’s composer Tim-Rice Oxley will even come out from behind the usual spot behind the piano to take lead vocals on another track on the EP.

The collaboration with K’Naan, ‘Stop for a Minute’ (previously reviewed on TGTF), was released to radio stations a couple weeks ago to mixed reaction because it seems to indicates a step in the r’n’b/soul / hip hop direction for the more middle-of-the-road Keane. I welcome the band’s growth into this new musical phase of their career, even if it’s for a fleeting moment. (And I’ll admit, the opening sequences nearly made me tear up, because in light of tours and summer festival announcements, I miss blighty an awful lot right now. Heart-tugging lyrics like “sometimes I wonder why I was ever born” didn’t help the cause either!)


Keane’s EP ‘Nighttrain” is scheduled to be released on 10 May worldwide. The band will be playing around in more unusual venues this June in the UK on their special forest-themed tour.

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