There seems to be a saving grace in a birthday between people. As if for a moment, the birthday serves as an ironic pause button — not really focusing on your own steps when celebrating another completion around the sun, but of those who you aren’t walking besides. Eden Iris’ “Birthday Baby” delicately explores the purgatory of a birthday and the ensued loneliness that lingers with time through a nighttime confessional waltz.
The track dresses up as an indie ballad but moves with the motions of a scorned folk singer. Though the lyrics attempt to counter the space, “It’s not the distance I know its not the difference / So hold me now, like the way that we used to know,” the slyness in which Eden pens from alludes to a wistful truth. Vocals sweetly swing over the minimal electric strums and carry a sentimental weight that longs and waits just the same. The potency of the clean delivery is enough to pull up any dusty memory.
The New Zealand artist, now based in Los Angeles, co-wrote with fellow songstress Emily Edrosa through a “jam-style songwriting session” according to Atwood Magazine and wanted a slightly “somber” and simple construction. “To me, the lyrics of “Birthday Baby” tell the story of two people existing in an estranged relationship, who are unable to come to terms with it,” explains the artist. “Both people are waiting for something to happen, but no one is willing to do anything to break out of their own isolation. It’s sort of an ode to loneliness.”