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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Theophilus London “Timez Are Weird These Days”

By Geneva Perezcastaneda on July 6, 2011

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Theophilus London “Timez Are Weird These Days”

Theophilus London
Timez Are Weird These Days
Warner Bros.
Release Date: July 19, 2011

Tracklist:

01. Last Name London
02. Love Is Real
03. Wine & Chocolates
04. All Around The World
05. She's Great (Interlude)
06. Why Even Try ft. Sara Quin
07. Stop It
08. Girls Girls $
09. One Last Time
10. Lighthouse
11. I Stand Alone

First Impressions:

-The Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-based Theophilus London is notorious for being well connected and getting together to produce his debut LP with Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), John Hill (Santigold), Jokke (Teddybears, Swedish House Mafia) and Ariel Rechstshald (MURS, Glasser) is a testament to that. Timez Are Weird These Days is set to release July 19 on Warner Bros. Records.

- With such a diverse production on Timez Are Weird These Days, the album is a boiling pot of genres that come together smoothly. The album introduces itself appropriately with "Last Name London." The song is chalk full of an indie, electro pop, hip hop synthesized rhythm that plays hand in hand with London's rhymes.

- The single, "Why Even Try" is the perfect counterpart to "Last Name London." The song slows down the tempo and introduces the calming sound of Sara Quin's (Tegan & Sara) voice. The lyrics might be dark, but the bells and steady mix of the 808 drum add a light to song.

- The album mixes an array of genres from 80's pop to a hip hop feel, but ends with a classic indie rock sound that further shows the many dimensions London has to offer.

Predictions:

Timez Are Weird These Days might send listeners through the mix of genres in Theophilus London's mind, but is definitely a slightly modern twist to the London that came out in This Charming Mixtape. He doesn't escape himself too much, and enhances the talent that was already there.

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