John Keek’s “If + When” is a bright, skin-tingling swirl of sax magic

Press play and let it wash over you.

John Keek’s “If + When” is a bright, skin-tingling swirl of sax magic Photo by Max Michaels.

As you listen to John Keek’s “If + When,” it feels like the song is slowly and gently crawling up your spine — and then it beautifully bursts when it gets to your chest. It’s the latest from the now-Los Angeles-based saxophonist — who’s, of late, been opening for and playing with King Krule. Keek's new song, premiering today on The FADER, is comprised of a skin-tingling wave of bright piano and gentle vocal harmonies, all culminating in a stunning swirl of horns, sax, and drums. This is the kind of song you want to play on repeat as you take that walk for no reason on a nice fall day.

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“‘If + When’ is the first song I wrote when I moved to L.A. from Vegas,” Keeks shared with The FADER over email. “It’s about uncertainty, and the experience of not knowing how to end past relationships.” Listen below.

John Keek’s “If + When” is a bright, skin-tingling swirl of sax magic