‘Colbert’ Bandleader Louis Cato Contemplates The Human Condition With ‘Why Try Love’ Single

The fresh track is the talented musician and songwriter’s first new music since releasing his acclaimed album, Reflections.

By Nate Todd May 22, 2024 12:41 pm PDT

Louis Cato shared a new single, “Why Try Love.” The fresh track is the Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader’s first new music since releasing his acclaimed album, Reflections.

Louis Cato released Reflections on August 11, 2023. The talented musician and songwriter performed gems from the record for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert late last year.


Cato now returns with “Why Try Love,” which arrived with an accompanying music video premiered by Relix.

“This song at its core is a contemplative rabbit trail, pondering the eerie juxtaposition that is the spark and collapse of a meaningful love,” Louis told Relix. “If you zoom out though, the song also reveals a broader social commentary: how we humans collectively give the least priority to the most important parts of our existence, and how thousands of years of this have left us wondering how our cultures got so turned around and upside down in the first place…”

Watch the music video for “Why Try Love” filmed and edited by Colby Groves below:

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