LISTEN: “Paper Cup” by Jena Malone’s The Shoe

LISTEN / March 21, 2014

Jena Malone is best known for her acting career, most recently playing Johanna Mason in “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”  There’s no doubt she’s an acting force to be reckoned with, but what some may be surprised to know is, behind the silver screen, Malone is a working musician who has been at it for the last 8 years.

To date, she has self-released several albums through her former band, Jena Malone & Her Bloodstains. Her current music project, The Shoe, comprised of Malone and  Lem Jay Ignacio, a pianist and music producer who has worked with the likes of Zooey Deschanel, is something to get excited about. Like, really excited.

The duo’s first single, “Paper Cup” is a heavenly combination of stripped-down melodies behind beautiful piano chords. “It’s not enough to be simple anymore/it’s just this big old empty door…I’m just a paper cup/you can fill me up” Malone croons. Lyrically, “Paper Cup” is a personification and ultimately a metaphor for the pain of unrequited love. The misery comes in a pretty package with such a simple melodic airy back drop and fragile vocals.

The Shoe is set to release their debut LP, “I’m Okay” with Community Music on June 3. And if the album sounds anything like the single, “Paper Cup,” our cup will runneth over with delight.

Meets Obsession mag


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Tricia Callahan
Tricia Callahan
Tricia, a graduate from the University of Mary Washington in Popular Media Journalism, is a writer currently residing in Columbia, SC. Tricia is currently obsessed with The Great Gatsby, Jack Johnson, Jack Daniels, large thrift stores, Atlas Genius, and radio shows.




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