Track Fix : Keyless: Everything

Keyless'”Everything” is what would happen if you put late ’90s boy band pop in the blender with Owl City. The happy, almost 80s video game beat, coupled with Justin McKee’s solid vocals make this a catchy pop tune that teenage girls will hum in class and adults will find stuck in their heads.

The dance-friendly track is essentially one fleshed out verse with a catchy hook that repeats itself. The other verses don’t have the staying power and instead tease the next chorus. This works for bubble gum pop and luckily for Keyless, that’s exactly what this tune is. It never pretends to be anything else. That type of commitment to the genre is the song’s strongest selling point.

“Everything” hurts itself the most during one of the final breakdowns where McKee’s voice is barely noticeable under the electronica, auto-tune and other bells and whistles. While the fun audio improvisations add an element to the track, it would be interesting to see how much depth “Everything” could have if it was stripped of all the fancy doo-hickeys it seems to depend on.

Light on the ears and mind, Keyless submits an effort in “Everything” that definitely has a demographic. But outside of it, it’s hard to see it being a song that can truly thrive.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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