Mid-Day Music Blast: Paintbox – “Honey”

Down EP by Paintbox

I’ve been so excited for this song for months now! Paintbox has such a unique sound that mixes so many of my favorite genres. The most obvious elements are folk in nature, but beneath that there is a subtle funk/soul vibe that drives the song from a nice singer/songwriter vibe to an epic ballad that pulls goosebumps up on your forearms. Let’s dive into some of the lyrics:

“I shuffled into town wonderin’ where to go
There is a home, I asked the man on the road he was praying to the Lord
He said if you go right there’ll be troubles you’ll find
Left will leave you just as sore, boy
Life is like lickin’ honey off a thorn
But

I heard its sweet, heard its sweet
Where the rivers do meet right before they reach the bend
And there’s a nice soft place to lay your head
You count your best, you count your worst,
But what is your comfort worth
To you when the truth is most everything it hurts”

 

Before I break the message down, I just want to say “life is like lickin’ honey off a thorn” is one of the best lines I’ve ever heard. It’s so succinct and relatable, perfect poetry. This song does a good job of analyzing the idea of comfort, how much of it is necessary, and if comfort even equals happiness at all. To me it seems that a lot of the times I’ve felt most alive have coincided with very little comfort: road trips, long hikes, foreign places. So maybe if you acknowledge that life is bumpy, whether you sit in the same place, or put yourself somewhere new, you can free yourself up to make the best of the time we do have here.

Bio: ​Paintbox is a Los Angeles based band that plays a unique combination of funk, folk, and soul. Formed in 2014 by singer Jake Dupre and guitarist Luca Brown, the band’s sound is a mixture of crafted songwriting and collective improvisation. Paintbox is currently writing for their second studio album, and playing shows around California.

– Caleb

Morning Commute: Gabriel Petra – Made of Stone

 

The hiatus is over! Expect to see lots of posts in the coming days/weeks, and we should be reopening submissions in July sometime. Let’s get this thing rolling again with one of my favorite tracks of the moment, “Made of Stone” by Gabriel Petra. As you know, we love to analyze lyrics around here, and this song does not disappoint in that department.

 

“What If I’m made of stone
What If my heart can’t feel
So If I’m destined to suffer
And nothing achieve

What if these ghosts will never die
What if I’m haunted for life
So if my words are not enough
To make a change

I got a feeling I will live another day
I got a feeling I will see another face”

 

I love how this track starts with a series of questions that many of us have probably encountered in our lower points, that awful feeling of being down and wondering if anything will every change. Instead of trying to solve this with some overly cheery message, the songwriter keeps it grounded in a simple, “I got a feeling I will live another day/ I got a feeling I will see another face.” That’s different than saying, everything is going to be perfect now, but it is a message that can allow one to keep going. Even in the rough times, if you can make it to one more day, one more interaction, there is still hope for a better future.

I also love the production on this song. It gives me a little bit of a stripped down early James Blake vibe, and really let’s the message of the song breathe through echoed reverb in that indie pop, middle of winter sort of way that I really never get tired of. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Gabriel Petra. Go show him some love wherever you get your music.

Bio: Gabriel Petra a singer/songwriter based in Lisbon, he studied jazz and musical production, and been writing since then, for himself and for other projects.

He emerged from the unknown to the spotlight with his first single “Made of Stone”, an intimate ballad that carries an relevant message about battling your demons and overcoming pain.

Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/track/2jt32sLsnUOntg2AJJ4iBh?si=P_zl3Qy_RDC8Gacjx47ahQ

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/pt/album/made-of-stone/1379833562?i=1379833821

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/pt/album/62635282

Shazam: https://www.shazam.com/track/416380893/made-of-stone

Napster : https://pt.napster.com/artist/gabriel-petra/album/made-of-stone

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielpetramusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsmegabrielpetra/

 

-Caleb