John Orpheus Gives a New Twist to Radiohead’s “House of Cards”

Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and published author. For the past year and a half, he had been writing his memoir called Saga Boy which was published by Penguin Random House Canada and Milkweed Editions in the US last year. With the book done, John decided to return to music and release a companion album entitled Saga King. The release of his album was the beginning of a new phase and introduced listeners to his deeply personal story. His new single is his version of the Radiohead song, “House of Cards”.

“I feel if you’re going to do a cover that slavishly copies the original, it’s the worst thing you could do. There’s no way you’re gonna out Radiohead Radiohead. The key is to make it your own. We wanted to do it in our style, but still hold true to the song’s inherent qualities. As with many of their songs, it is haunting with an ambivalent lyric and a subtle, yet powerful feeling, but we wanted it to be danceable, Caribbean and soulful – three things Radiohead is rarely accused of, but which perfectly speaks to what we do,” explains John.