Watch The Video For London O’Connor’s Charmingly Awkward “Love Song”
“I was a virgin until about a couple months before I turned 21. My mom dated this military guy and he cheated on her. About a week later, I wrote this song. This song is about romance.”
Previously, we wrote about London O'Connor's awkward teen-evoking, indie pop-influenced rap cut "Oatmeal," which he posted on SoundCloud with the following description: "Every Saturday my uncle ingests 6 boxes of General Mills products and 12 hours of television. I hate him. My name is London. My uncle does not exist." Today, he's released a follow-up in this video for "Love Song," directed by the artist himself. It's a track full of charming lyrical ambiguity—somewhere between totally candid and calculatedly disaffected, where the listener is left unsure how to interpret the truth of each line—outfitted with Casio percussion and the sort of organ progression you feel like you'd hear in a diner in the '50s.
In the description for the video, which depicts a failed hook-up at a party, he offers some vague explanation: "More about me: I was a virgin until about a couple months before I turned 21. My mom dated this military guy and he cheated on her. About a week later, I wrote this song. This song is about romance." In a pretty funny, weirdly affecting interview with Mass Appeal that gives a little insight into his person, he describes his vulnerabilities—"growing up I didn't know where my natural sexual desires fit in with being a 'good dude' or being a superhero"—the high school-era experiences of rejected desire that inspired the video, and more.