Jeff Pupa takes the term multitasker; rips it up, burns it and rewrites the definition. A creative mind behind such acts as Jon Dice, Vows, and Frank Blood (to name a few); Pupa’s most recent project, Bone Blanket, is a departure from his Vows days, yet it still retains the charm.
Lost In Candyland is the second release from the New Jersey native’s upcoming album, All The Hell I Can Get, but don’t think for a second that you are in for a Springsteen / Gaslight Anthem romp about cars and boardwalks. The sound harkens to the south; it craves images of dust bowls, hay bales and desolate deserts.
What hits your ear first is the lush production; this is a beautifully recorded and produced track. It is clear from the get-go that Pupa has taken his home recording skills to the next level. It sounds like velvet rain, and gently drapes itself over you and assimilates the listener into its world. The acoustic-driven introduction punctuates and provides a playful lead into the soaring guitars, scattered percussion, and understated vocals. The song has clearly been planned out and transitions through each section effortlessly. It never strays too far from the tone of its beginnings but makes subtle changes that keeps you engrossed, especially the slightly more psychedelic bass and vocal breakdown towards the end minute. The lyrical writing demands centre stage. Pupa has stated that this project focuses on “the ability to accept life for what it is, to comfortably move on from tragedy and spend time enjoying the small things we lose sight of so easily”. This ideology is founded in lyrics such as “it’s my word word against God’s, you know I’m gonna get as high as I can” and “I want to drift in and out of the world and come and go as I please”. Truly a soul that wishes to be free from whatever binds them.
With Lost In Candyland, Bone Blanket has created a luscious, psychedelic, acoustic alt-rock tarp that envelops you into a mindscape that one soon wishes won’t end. This experience is driven home by the track’s most poignant line; “I need to make it down to Candyland, just to get a taste”.