Skyepaint’s debut single ‘Maybe It’s My Fault’ is a beaming synth-pop masterpiece
There’s something curative entrenched in the opening moments of the debut release of Newcastle artist, SKYEPAINT. As the opening wave of ‘Maybe It’s My Fault’ caresses your entire body and soaring synths begin to splash right in front of you, purity is injected right through your veins. Light begins to warm you as you look up into the sky, take a big sigh of catharsis and you feel safe enough to close your eyes. However, it’s only once we truly tune in to ‘Maybe It’s My Fault’ that we realise the warmth the melody makes us feel is clashing with the icy remorse in Skyepaint‘s lyrics, and that’s what makes this song so brilliant.
It’s a brave move making your debut single a tightrope walk between a warm melody and cold lyrics, but Skyepaint does this balancing act with ease, as heartbreaking as it is. “The winter rain won’t go away / Maybe it’s my fault at the sun lost the will to shine” he sings with unsettling melancholy in the ethereal chorus. The sun not shining is a grim metaphor to say the least, and to place onus on one’s self for causing such a disaster is no easy cross to bear.
However, it’s a deep dive into self-awareness, as detrimental as it may be, that makes ‘Maybe It’s My Fault’ resonate so powerfully. It’s that endeavour through the rough seas of our mind that so few people are willing to embark upon, but for those who are willing, Skyepaint is steering the ship.
Of course, self-awareness can often leave to self-discovery and that’s the destination it feels like Skyepaint is willing to reach. While his words echo in pity and despair, the synth-pop melody is so deliciously sweet and breathes so much light that it’s hard to ignore the hope that’s even radiating from his vocal delivery. It’s direct contrast, sure, but every cloud has a silver lining and Skyepaint’s clouded mind sounds like it’s going to have sunlight beaming through the grey once again.
Words by JACKSON LANGFORD