BY AMBRELYN RODRIGUEZ
Philadelphia’s Tyler Bussey of Strange Ranger and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die will be releasing his debut EP, Next to Nothing, on January 8 under his latest project Thank You Thank You. In anticipation of this project, he released a track titled “K P” on Friday via Oof records.
“K P” explores the darkness and anxiety related to ensuring basic human rights in the U.S. This frustration is echoed in the track’s lyricism, as the chorus repeats, “figure it out.”
The gentle opening melody and soft tone reveal a sort of sad tiredness. The opening line sings, “when you’re asking everyone you know / what they do to get to sleep” suggests that this is a shared source of stress for people in the U.S., and something we are trying to cope with together.
Conceptually and musically, I really enjoyed this song. It speaks to the isolation and frustration that can be felt when your basic needs aren’t being met — the effects of which are especially devastating for Black and Indigenous POC, poor folks, and other historically marginalized groups. I think it’s important to incorporate this type of social commentary into music, and to use it as an outlet to express stress and sadness in a way that is really relatable. I also really enjoyed the overall sound of the song. About halfway through, the tempo and instrumentation change more dramatically, giving the track overall a more complex sound.
I will be looking forward to hearing the rest of Thank You Thank You’s coming EP Next to Nothing when it comes out early next year, meanwhile be sure to stream and enjoy “K P!”
STREAM “K P,” THE LATEST SINGLE FROM THANK YOU THANK YOU!