The GRAMMY-nominated and multi-talented Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist JP Saxe’s highly anticipated debut album is finally here. We could not be more ecstatic to share this news with y’all! We are having massive celebrations at The Honey Pop HQ and doing a happy dance because why not?
The album already had us on the edge of our seats, and we were so pumped to hear the whole thing. Now it’s here, and we are driving while blasting JP’s new album. But hey, be careful. There are some Dangerous Levels Of Introspection involved in this wild rollercoaster ride!
The Canadian artist opened up like never before on his full-length debut album, Dangerous Levels of Introspection. He showcased his dynamic talent by sharing his innermost thoughts into eloquent and engaging pop, underscored by unfiltered emotive lyrics and cinematic production. JP Saxe received massive acclaim for his 2019 blockbuster breakout single ‘If The World Was Ending’ featuring Julia Michaels, which lined up major accomplishments. He has a knack for lyrically tapping into deep connectivity with universal emotion and human experience in his songs.
I hope that people listening to my music can feel a little deeper about themselves or think something different about themselves.JP Saxe on what he wants people to take away from his music via The Honey Pop interview
Full of explosive collaborations and a rollercoaster of theming, Dangerous Levels of Introspection deserves a full, uninterrupted listen-through. We know that this album is definitely going to save 2021, so we are slowly going to unfold it for you. By the end of this, you’ll be as obsessed as we are. So without further ado, let’s dive right into it and everything else, shall we?
‘Line By Line’ These Dangerous Levels Of Introspection Unfold!
Packed with a strong emotional punch, Dangerous Levels of Introspection is studded with JP’s heartfelt tunes, mellifluous vocals, and captivating soul-stirring song-writing that he has built his name on, and that is going to dance right into your heart as soon as you hit the play button. Encompassed with varied emotions surrounding love, heartbreak, life, family, and everything in-between, this 13-tracks long album highlights a deeply personal and honest journey, which is commendable. Dangerous Levels of Introspection collates many of the highlights that have sound-tracked JP’s career to date, featuring blockbuster hits and established fan favorites like ‘If The World Was Ending,’ ‘Line By Line,’ and ‘More of You.’
My favorite music has always been the songs that make me feel closer to myself, and I want to make that kind of music. In order to do that, I have to be as close to myself as possible when I write these songs. So, it feels like you get to hear what I’m thinking. There’s no pretense or bullshit. I was as uncompromising as I could possibly be with this album to make sure I really meant everything I was saying about myself and my world.JP Saxe on his debut album Dangerous Levels of Introspection
To encapsulate, JP Saxe dove deep into self-reflection and literally poured his heart out in this album, and that’s admirable. Where are our tissue boxes? *sniffs*
‘4:30 In Toronto’
“I just wanna hold you
It doesn’t have to mean anything
I don’t think that it cannot mean anything
But I still wanna hold you”
The album opens with the intimate ‘4:30 In Toronto’ with a vulnerable crescendo of emotions which is a perfect introduction and sets the scene for the album. It successfully delivers the message that JP intended for it! As the pre-chorus begins, “I miss you still, it just feels different now/ Different like the streets in my hometown,” he ponders two things that used to feel like home, just not anymore. It feels relatable, isn’t it?
Moving to the next song, we hear JP crooning “Nothin’ I’d rearrange, you’re the perfect combination of reckless, stubborn, and affectionate,” on ‘Like That.’ The song is about whom you chose to be with if everything else goes downhill which gives us the same essence as “If the world was ending/ you’d come over right?”
“When I’m a mess or at my best/ You’re the first thing I don’t second guess,” we love this song as it unfolds the beauty that this album beholds and gives listeners an entranceway to JP’s heart.
‘More of You’
“You’re not like anything I know or I’ve known,
Like anything I know or I’ve known,
You scare me, but I’m not afraid of it,
You make me nervous, but I wanna stay in it.”
Wow! Simply wow. We don’t know if JP Saxe is a mindreader or not, but he definitely read ours. That feeling of fawning over a new relationship when you meet someone new and allow yourself to feel the love all over again. When you find someone that makes you redefine what you think love is, this is what this song is all about!
‘Dangerous Levels Of Introspection’
“Dangerous levels of introspection/ Trippin’ over my own reflection/ I don’t know where I’m going with it.” Co-written with Greg Kurstin and Amy Allen, this title song embodies the whole album. JP Saxe is reminiscing about the beginning of their lives while warning us that nostalgia can f*ck up our lives if we got stuck in the endless loop. And well, we agree with this! The emotional analysis is important as long as it is helping you to connect with your present self and feel closer to people and life. But it can ruin everything if you get stuck analyzing everything rather than growing and moving past them powerfully!
‘If The World Was Ending’
This has to be one of our most favorite songs ever written. Sonically, lyrically, or emotionally and the way JP’s and Julia Michales‘ angelic vocals blended together perfectly for the first time, giving birth to this soul-stirring beauty that touched the deepest core of our hearts. We felt the magic in the air, and we were not alone. It resonated with billions of people around the globe and became an anthem of sorts for 2020. It also earned them a GRAMMY nomination for the year.
We had no intention of the song fitting this year. When we first wrote it, it was about a hypothetical catastrophe, and we didn’t anticipate it finding relevance in a very real catastrophe. I think the core of that song is about putting love above all, and if there was ever a time to do that, it’s now.JP Saxe for The Honey Pop interview
Line By Line
We didn’t know how much we needed this collaboration until JP and country queen Maren Morris decided to join forces for ‘Line By Line.’ Described as ‘A love song for songs,’ they sing about a love that’s so inspiring and deep that it can’t possibly be captured in one song. Even being a crucial step in music-making, songwriting is often overlooked and rarely gets the spotlight. Maren and JP Saxe share the passion for the art of creating songs and music, hence penned down such intricate and emotive lyrics to serve us a melodious treat for our ears while chasing their muse. And Maren lending her ethereal vocals to the track further solidified its place in our hearts. We think it still has the potential to be a huge hit!
‘A Little Bit Yours’
“I let myself want you/ I let myself hope/ I let myself feel things I know that you don’t/ You’re not mine anymore/ But I’m still a little bit yours.” Co-written and co-produced by Ryan Marrone and Benjamin Rice, JP spreads his wings in this piano-led, vulnerable, and tear-jerking post-breakup ballad ‘A Little Bit Yours‘ that will be pulling at your heartstrings from first listen. ‘A Little Bit Yours‘ encapsulates the feeling right before the end of the tunnel, where you turn for a quick one look right before stepping outside and welcoming a life so beautiful than you ever could have anticipated. Known for this profound and emotionally stirring songwriting, this may not be an upbeat song, but sometimes you just need that go-to emotional song that puts us in our feels, and that is exactly what this one is.
‘Sing Myself To Sleep’
On the other end of the spectrum, he collaborated with the legendary Mike Elizondo and prolific songwriter Audra Mae to bring the finale ‘Sing Myself To Sleep’ to life. “You sang me lullabies in other languages/ And I still don’t know what they mean/ Like a little piece of you to know/ That’s still there left for me,” JP Saxe penned down a heartfelt tribute to his late mother over acoustic instrumentation. According to him, this song took him the longest to write as he tried to figure out what he wanted to say. But after eight months of journaling and a 45-minutes long session that brought together all his feelings, this heart-touching emotional song had us in tears. Your mum is proud of you, JP, for all you do!
Now, we only covered a few of the songs, but we’re going to leave the rest for you to hear. Be sure to check out the album because we’re seriously obsessed with it. We already know JP is fantastic at what he does. What we didn’t realize was that every song he makes just keeps getting better. No, literally, we haven’t turned this album off since its release. Everything about Dangerous Levels of Introspection is beautifully done, and the album is truly a musical masterpiece. It definitely sticks out in JP Saxe’s discography.
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