When you think about modern music, where does your mind take you? Do you instantly think of the Top 40 singers like Taylor Swift or Rhianna? Is it modern hip-hop like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, or maybe the processed guitars and oversized vocals of rock bands like Imagine Dragons? Well if you’re a little more particular, we’ll say thoughtful, about what content you’re introducing your stereo to, you may want to examine Trevor Drury, the Tucson-born, California-raised underground pop sensation who is getting comparisons to everyone from Sammy Davis Jr. to Amy Winehouse with his prodigious songwriting skills and tremendous vocal range.
In his new single, “Jealousy,” one of the hottest tracks dropped by him thus far, we get the privilege of enjoying a fusion of genres shamelessly blended together to create a fierce theme song for the betrayed. “Baby, I feel jealousy… rising from the deep blue sea…” he tells us in the opening lines of the song, and you can feel the emotional waves beginning to overtake us and pull us asunder. “I want… I want… I want control,” he begs during the chorus, insisting that he’s on the brink of suicide just bearing the thought of his love being touched by another. His possessive grip over this romance begins to slide away as a psychedelic solo penetrates the second chorus, scratching at the door like a broken slide whistle. It’s all incredibly, painfully relatable if you’ve ever been in love and lost, and seen that person end up with someone else long before you’ve had the chance to move on. The track feels rustic and ancient in its delivery, but in the most relevant way right now when you juxtapose it against singles where you can tell the artist was forcing a retrospective feel. Trevor Drury is an honest pop star, if you can imagine that, and his songwriting proves it.
Our superficial culture, one could argue, has made a lot of us into control freaks. We are so used to convenience, so conditioned to getting instantaneous results at the snap of our fingers, that we’ve lost the humble lesson to be learned in having patience; successes feel so much better when you let the anticipation build. But that’s not on the table anymore, so it feels sometimes. We’re so used to our ready-made lives that without even realizing it we’ve become inadvertent control freaks, whose wish is the world’s command. But life isn’t like that. Jobs aren’t like that, relationships, any of it. I could be dark and tell you that life is a series of down endings, to quote from a famous convenience store clerk, or I could be genuine and acknowledge that life is just unpredictable, regardless of whatever plans or wishes you hold dearest. Like in Drury’s “Jealousy,” we all want control more than anything else, but it is often when we choose to accept the consequences and embrace the true nature of our ill-fated dreams that we learn the most about who we really are.
Trevor Drury has released a full length, The Start (2016) and multiple singles since his entrance into the independent music scene. For more information and to stream his new single “Jealousy,” visit Spotify or his official website officialtrevordrury.com.