Considering the title of the new single, ‘Boxes’, from Irish singer/songwriter Gavin James – the song is surprisingly anti-box. James shot to the top of the charts in 2016 after the release of his album Bitter Pill. This song is the prequel to the international tours and the billions of streams that he so proudly honors.
Based on the titles of his global hits ‘Always’, ‘Tired’ and ‘Nervous’, you’d think that he’d be a drowsy, fear-riddled man that’s now packed up his boxes to leave town. However, this Platinum artist has decided he belongs in the arenas he once performed in with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Niall Horan. In other words, this song stands as an ode to the dreams that got him here.
So let’s unpack this box…
James, our protagonist, is a young student at an all-boys school discouraged from pursuing a career in music. Thankfully, he credits his supportive dad for dishing out some sage advice: “Son, four chords is all you need/To show people just who you are”. Here we are, listening to his chosen four chords, learning about just who he is. Tears.
The song is awash with daylight. The guitar riff is bouncy and simple, mapping out the four corners of the aforementioned box. James’ voice ascends to reflect the sense of innate hopefulness he kept preserved for himself as a student. It’s the kind of song that you’ll hear on the radio, sooner or later.
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