Stoneface Honey is based in Portland, Oregon and is led by singer/songwriter, Angie Kopshy. Breathing, the latest CD, was released on November 17, 2012. The album was heavily influenced by the jazzy brilliance of Hip Stew Studios.
“I’m really excited to share this new album. The producers at Hip Stew Studios have been incredibly generous with their creativity and brilliance. Playing with Stoneface Honey makes me ridiculously happy,” Angie Kopshy says.
Most of my songs are based off of images and impressions of real people. Sometimes the image in my head is a man with whom I’m directly intertwined, and sometimes the content is more obscure - inspired by something in the paper or in the news. But my songs almost always turn into a blend of emotions and characters. As more metaphors crawl into the songs I’m writing, the more impressionistic my original images become. Sometimes it feels like I’ve taken single strands of different emotions and images and braided them together into something even more powerful and affirming in my head. For me, the most powerful aspect of singing my own songs is that I always have images in my head and stories behind the words enabling me to exude more emotion than I ever knew as a classical performer or even someone playing cover songs. And I know my music isn’t for everyone, and that’s ok, but for me, sitting down at the piano and deciding which song I’m going to play feels like walking up to a jukebox and sifting through all the songs until you find the one that perfectly matches your mood in that moment. My album is all over the map - a direct reflection of me and my life.
Stifled is actually a remake from my last album, so I wrote the song about six years ago. A lot of my songs fade away as new material arises, but this song kept coming back. And although the song was inspired by a really old relationship, the content still feels relevant a lot of the time. So I asked Hip Stew Studios to put some sort of twist on it and I love what they did.
Run was the first song I wrote for this new album. I was still wrapping up details with My Troubled World and hadn’t even released the CD yet. I felt a little guilty about directing my energy towards something not connect to the CD release project, but finally indulged one night and this song just poured out of me. I used to work as a case manager at a domestic violence shelter in Boise. This song was inspired by the love/hate relationship one of my clients had with herself, drugs and other people in her life. Together, we had this ultimate the until she was ready to receive help and face her demons, she’d live her life on auto-repeat - the same story over and over with new characters. People could try to save her and offer her a red carpet; an easy way out of her situation. But she needed to climb the mountain, fall down over and over and learn the hard way so that she could truly appreciate the transformation from the inside out. Since 2008 when this song was written, I’ve repeatedly found myself resonating with the story behind this song - at a drug and alcohol treatment center in which I worked and in Vegas, when I spent the night in jail with 21 beautiful, brilliant women who seemed to dance on this double edged sword: baubles and trinkets on one end and creepy, broken men on the other.
Karma is a song I wrote after spending the night in jail. The song was written in anger - rage, really, for a man who appeared to be amazing but turned out to be so arrogant and audacious that he didn’t even flinch when he broke the rules. He always felt like he was the exception - like when he was pulled over for speeding, he’d pull the doctor card and say he was on his way to the hospital to save a patient. He spent his life acting like a villain but presenting himself as a hero. And I think ultimately, most of the rage is at myself - that I allowed myself to be lured into his world for so long. Playing this song soothes my soul and provides me with the comfort of concepts like reciprocity and karma.
Breathing On My Own is still one of my favorite songs to play. This song was written during a really lonely time in my life. My best friend and musical partner, the original Stoneface Honey, was moving across the country. I’d just completed my internship and was starting my private practice and felt really isolated from my music therapy community, and I was dating this man who just wasn’t that into me, but I couldn’t leave him. The night before I wrote this song, I saw Yael Naim in concert at The Aladdin. It was her first show in the U.S. and her energy was fantastic. She really inspired me to use my voice as more of an instrument rather than just for lyrics. So as I sat there next to Not That Into Me Man, I had all these bittersweet emotions running through my head and already had a song bubbling on the surface, echoing in my ears every time Yael stopped singing. On top of that, I was secretly in love with Citizen Cope’s ‘Son’s Gonna Rise’ and would listen to it over and over every morning. So when this song finally poured out of me, I felt like I was surrounded by enough inspiration and strength to help me finally move forward with my life.
I feel like Moan kind of speaks for itself. Portland was in the middle of a snowstorm when I wrote this song and I was housesitting - all alone with a beautiful piano in a room with windows that framed the falling snow in such a beautifully picturesque fashion that I could hardly leave the piano bench for days. I missed my man and might have been secretly fantasizing that I was some sort of gorgeous pole dancer. I’m just saying.
Love Me was another song inspired by Bad Karma Doctor Man, but just before I sat down at the piano to write, I read two different articles in the paper about men kidnapping little girls.