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Just Hands

by Paige Thibault

Leaning on tasteful piano technique and the tensions of modern adolescents, these five tracks explore idiosyncratic pop with tinges of jazz/blues and hard-hitting messages.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. What Good
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2. A Little Easier
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3. Normaltown
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4. (You Are A) Jellyfish
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5. Tiger Lillies
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Paige Thibault has never quite fit into the box, and neither has her music.

Paige admires and mimics a multiplicity of genres, making her original music difficult to define in a handful of words or a singular genre description. Although she’s been writing her own tunes for about 7 years now, Paige’s relationship with music has extended back far longer, and in multiple directions. With twelve years of classical training and two years of jazz studies under her belt, Paige often leans on her acquired technique and understanding of harmony to reinforce her creative ideas on the piano. Her main inspirations being the likes of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Nina Simone, listeners often remark on how impressive and complicated Thibault’s piano accompaniment is. In fact, much of Paige’s sound and artistic identity is informed by her piano chops and her audience’s perceptions of virtuosity, hence the title of this debut EP, 'Just Hands'. That being said, Thibault’s music is also heavily shaped by her nonconformist attitude and strong sense of identity, which are showcased through her lyrics.

'Just Hands' is a collection of original work that samples from Paige’s high school experience. In her storytelling, she is not afraid to say things how they are, and how they ought to be. Throughout the EP, Thibault touches on empowerment, self-doubt and -image, habitual heartbreak, and the idiosyncrasies of growing up in an ever-changing, modern era. Conclusions are countered with contradictions; humor with hardship; love with loss...in every piece, Paige challenges her audience to look, feel, and think a bit deeper. She hopes that by telling her story in her own artistic and distinct way, listeners will connect to universal human truths just a little easier than before.

The EP features Paige on voice and piano, but also brings some other instrumental flavors into the mix. The first track of 'Just Hands', “What Good”, was adapted from a full big band arrangement Paige herself penned for her high school jazz ensemble, and showcases Benjamin King on drumset and Bruno John on upright bass, adding some rhythmic punch and groove. The third track (“Normaltown”), the ballad that comes as close to pop as Paige can muster, features the same instrumentation. The fifth and final track, the hauntingly powerful “Tiger Lillies”, features improvisation by cellist Henry Wu, adding a tragically beautiful essence to the whole tune. Thibault is very grateful to these three peers for helping her out, and for adding their own touches to these pieces.

'Just Hands' was recorded and mixed by Meadowlark Studio genius Dan Kruglak, and co-produced by Meadowlark Studio guru Yasmin Tayeby. All five tracks were mastered by Doug Van Sloun from Focus Mastering.

You can find more of Paige’s music on YouTube, her Facebook Page (@PaigeThibaultOfficial), on Instagram (@paige.tbo), and around Burlington, Vermont, where she tends to perform most often. She’ll be back and forth from the great city of Los Angeles, where she’ll be studying songwriting and piano performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music, and her home in Westford, Vermont during the next few years. She hopes to begin working on another project soon!

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