Permafrost: a thick subsurface layer of soil that remains frozen throughout the year, occurring chiefly in polar regions. Also known as the title of J.B. Boone‘s latest release, which has been three years in the making. It seems almost thematic that this track, after all of its rewrites, is finally out for listeners to hear, breaking through that layer of permafrost. J.B. Boone further shares the song’s intent,
This song has been three years in the making – I’ve started and stopped it about 100 times, as different life events have shaped what I wanted it to say, and how I wanted it to feel. At its core, it’s about getting up, shaking out your frozen limbs, and finding what it is that makes you feel alive, regardless of what might’ve been holding you back before.
Born and raised in Texas, J.B. Boone crafts his records with a powerful fragility. Two years into his musical venture, he has carved out his own niche within the solo indie artist market. From the warmth in the wood of his guitar sitting effortlessly underneath the bright tenor of his vocal, he provides a sincerity that only a seasoned songsmith could offer.
Beautifully heavy piano chords set the introductory soundscape that melts away into a more charged soundscape that is full of powerful vocals and steady drum beats. With the change in energy and roaring vocals at the first-minute mark, the melancholy tones within the lyrics also give way to more triumphant messaging. An exciting chorus is elevated with expansive horns, creating a sense of renewed urgency that comes with the permafrost melting and the “question[ing] [of] the things that keep you sitting down.” The rolling atmosphere reaches a magnetic crescendo towards the end of the song before pivoting to a quieter finale. If you need a song that will get you energized and make you feel ready to take on the day, give J.B. Boone’s “Permafrost” a listen.