Caity Baser Comes Clean in “Why Can’t I Have Two? (2468)” / “DILF”


“Why should boys have all the fun? Not a slut, just a woman”

We are now existing in the P.B.E. (post-Barbie era), where women and girls alike can unapologetically exist, make art, and take up space in any which way they choose. In Caity Baser’s case, the breakout British pop star has released her latest single—“Why Can’t I Have Two? (2468)” —along with a B-Side track titled “DILF,” and they’re both about exactly what you probably think they’re about. (If you don’t get it, read the song titles until it makes sense.)

“Why Can’t I Have Two? (2468)” is just the kind of song we expect from Baser, a semi-chaotic-but-joyful anecdote told through a raw, unfiltered lens over infectious pop instrumentals. Baser finds herself in an all too familiar struggle of choosing between two boys. Eventually, she comes to realize that she can choose two—or even three! Through tongue-in-cheek songwriting and playful delivery, Baser explores themes of female empowerment and sexual freedom, posing the question, “If I was a guy, I'd do what I like / So why should girls have less, are you dumb?” “Why Can’t I Have Two (2468)” has solidified Baser as the relatable girl next door who isn’t afraid to tell it how it is. Between its punchy keys and girl-group-esque harmonies, the track channels the quick-witted lyrical energy of Lily Allen circa 2006. It’s one of those timeless earworms that feel like you’re on a FacTime call with one of the girlies.

On the release of “Why Can’t I Have Two?” Baser shares, “‘Why Can't I Have Two (2468)’ is about when you fancy someone and then fancy someone else at the same time, which socially that is not acceptable. BUT I was thinking why on EARTH can’t we have two? When you like two people for different reasons why can’t you have two? It’s the debate I’ve been having in my mind and now you can think about it too. You can have two! Fuck it, have 3.”

Meanwhile, “DILF” opts for a different, slightly more... mature route. The first twenty-or-so-ish seconds lead us to believe that “DILF” is a romantic ballad with its slow piano chords, soft vocals, and lyrics that read like a love letter to a best friend. All is sweet and sappy until Baser laughs and says “Your dad's a DILF!”—the lyric that marks the transition from a sincere love song to a sassy-but-fun diary entry about fancying a friend’s dad. Baser sings, “'Cause I can feel the tension at the table when we're eatin' / Comin' in your house is the highlight of my weekend / That's why I'm never leavin', your dad is a DILF!” It’s hilarious, it’s catchy, and it’s authenticity at its finest. Baser isn’t afraid to share her innermost thoughts and desires, and it’s part of what makes her music so great.

Baser tells us, “I made ‘DILF’ about my best friend's dad hahaha. He’s so hot - he was in the navy and it’s so distracting when I go over. Also DILFs need love too and I’ve never made a tune about it before so I’m happy I’ve explored this concept and had so much fun when doing it too. Let’s go! Your dad’s a DILF!”

Listen to “Why Can’t I Have Two? (2468)” / DILF:

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