Song of the Week: “Why Even Try” by Theophilus London

Song of the Week: “Why Even Try” by Theophilus London

Why Even Try (feat. Sara Quin) - Timez Are Weird These DaysTimez Are Weird These Days. You can say that again. New music is getting harder and harder for me to come by. So much of my mental bandwidth is taken up by music I’m working on (which, yes, technically, is new) that I have very little space left up in my bean to open up to new tunes. That combined with a lack of a definitive place to discover music means I can go for long stretches where I am listening to music 30 years old. Not a bad thing, mind you, but notable.

Cool thing is, my most recent new music was found in a roundabout way, in the pages of Wired magazine.  In an otherwise fluffy piece about what kind of shit people wish they owned, London stood out.  Pretty much all I had to read was this: “the Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-raised London raps Morrissey-inspired lyrics over new-wave synthesizers, psychobilly guitars, and electropop beats” and I was immediately intrigued.  I picked up the record a couple days later and love it.

Sure, there are some lyrical missteps but the mix of hip-hop, new wave sounds, and a ton of great hooks makes this record a real winner.  “Why Even Try” is the standout track for me.  Great chorus, slinky bass line, and a genre-pressing collaboration with Sara Quin from Tegan & Sara. Good stuff.