No Depression

Jeremy Squires' first album, When Will You Go, made a huge impact on me. Detailing struggles with depression, it was the medicine I needed at the time. Squires has no difficulty taking difficult subjects head-on. In Collapse, Squires unflinchingly guides us through his mother's death, the struggles of dating an addict for years, and finally letting go. In Squires' case, he went on to meet his fiancee, pictured below and featured on some of the tracks.

For this journey, Squires brought along some friends who are some longtime Adobe & Teardrops favorites -- Heather McEntire, lead singer of Mount Moriah, and Whit Wright, who usually plies his pedal steel talents with American Aquarium. What's most striking is Squires' uncompromisingly gentle approach to his music. In "Remnants," Squires delivers these lyrics:

Children play where you lay
near a permanent stain
on the wall hangs a cross
that don't keep all your demons away 

There's a page that you fold
in the bible you hold
that you clutch to your chest when you call me faithless
because I don't believe 

They're swarming around our wasp nest now
it's a strangers house
we've both been dying to get out

While most would accompany them with a brooding melody and a heavy touch on the guitar, Squires' music is tired and stretched out, an exercise in bends on detuned strings and falsetto. The situation is no longer taut -- after all, it's over and done with. The softness that permeates Squires' music is more of a gut punch than any banger or dirge. It's as if Squires has already felt those and can only, at last, speak his heart now that he's exhausted all other emotions. And maybe it's at that point, when the anger and sadness and grief become the background noise rather than the melody, that recovery can begin.

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My Random Jukebox

"I can’t seem to get enough of his Americana sound that is haunting, thought-provoking and is filled with so much emotion."

Adobe and Teardrops

"The softness that permeates Squires' music is more of a gut punch than any banger or dirge. It's as if Squires has already felt those and can only, at last, speak his heart now that he's exhausted all other emotions."

Bucket Full of Nails

Following on his Best of 2016 release, Shadows, North Carolina singer/songwriter Jeremy Squires is set to issue Collapse on 14 April.

Ensured a winning hand, the narrator of new single, “Secrets I Can Keep,” keeps the listener guessing as to his intent, be it promise or threat. Accompanying the new single which features American Aquarium’s Whit Wright on pedal steel is an animated video from Austrian artist Jasper Sek that Bucket Full of Nails is proud to premiere.

Watch the video for “Secrets I Can Keep” below and pre-order the Shaker Steps release of Collapse via Bandcamp.

 

Fuzzy Logic

New Bern is a pretty little city in a pretty corner of North Carolina, full of scenery both faded and lovely and more than a little rough around the edges. Jeremy Squires carries in his voice the undeniable charms of the small Southern city, as well as a darker, haunted undercurrent. The occasional chill can and should be expected when listening to this talented songsmith.  

Pop Matters

Imbued with ghosts and memories, Shadows delves deeper into Squires’ brand of mountain folk.

Wake the Deaf

 It’s a record borne out of legitimate heartbreak, the end of a marriage and the death of a loved one, a brave and honest attempt to deal with big life-changing events. The beauty of it is that the finished work is not just healing and revelatory for the artist. It can help us too. All of us.

My Random Jukebox

Shadows’ is another open book into Jeremy’s world and I’m impressed with how he can consistently write songs which are so personal and have such an emotional depth to them. Personally for me, most of the best songs are about heartache or pain as there is something honest about them that you can relate to from your own personal experiences and Jeremy is not afraid to talk about this during this release. I have nothing but respect for songwriters like this who open themselves up for the world to see and it is what makes them great musicians. The main reason I became a fan of the music by Jeremy Squires is his gift as a wordsmith. The depth and emotion within his songs are described well because of his lyrical skills which you can’t help but fixate on because of his story telling ability. A great example of this is the song ‘Carry You’ which is a personal highlight.

One Chord To Another

Shadows is fragile, dark and beautiful folk album that isn’t afraid to deal with difficult personal issues.

Bucket Full of Nails

Singing in hushed whispers, North Carolina’s Jeremy Squires is careful not to disturb the ghosts occupying his latest album, Shadows. Maintaining a detached repose, Squires weaves tales of heartbreak and death on songs such as “Carry You” and “Hourglass,” with its hereditary domino effect.

An autumnal album, Shadows is largely unadorned, Squires and an acoustic guitar doing the heavy lifting as on “Open,” a song adapted from a poem by Anna-Lynne Williams (Lotte Kestner). Accented by synth touches on “Your Love” and piano and “Glisten,” Williams adds vocals to the latter, as well as “After All” with is welcomed damnation and album closer, “Woven,” perhaps Squires’ finest musical moment to date.

No Depression

While Americana music is littered with melancholy tales of drinking, loss, and broken romance, Squires delivers raw, concise lyrics – ungarnished by flowery rhetoric that candidly spell out tragedy. In a lyrical style similar to Michael Rank, Squires relates sadness in a way that listeners can relate too.

Wake the Deaf

Shadows, his third full-length, is a worthy addition to the Jeremy Squires catalogue, an album which “represents a continued brutally honest meditation on confusion, heartache and loss”. Having listened for myself I can confirm that it has all ingredients I think important for good folk music, namely candour, heart and quality songwriting.

Bucket Full of Nails

"The North Carolina singer/songwriter mines the depths of human emotion, exposing raw nerves and, in turn, leaving listeners to do their own soul-searching."

Dashvilled.

"His album WHEN WILL YOU GO is so ,so pretty- so god damn beautiful."

Bucket Full of Nails

"Living amongst the ghosts and whispers that echo from the album’s shadows, Squires subtly details lives discarded (“Gleaming”), mountain folk tales (“Dust to Dust”) and family deaths (“J.L.P.”), always arm’s reach away from the nightmares that haunt his world."

The Blue Indian

"With the word “Salvation” tattooed knuckle-to-knuckle on his picking hand, every strum of every chord serves as a permanent reminder there’s a brighter future. When Will You Go… is a brave story for the right place and the right time—a fitting accompaniment to a night of self-reflection and whiskey on the rocks."

Wake the Deaf

"This is one of the finest albums released this year and one worth every minute of your time and attention."

Fuck Yeah Alt Country Boys

"I think it should be up there with some of the best albums released this year. While that may be a bold statement, this album is every bit as bold as though words. Bank on it."

Adobe and Teardrops

 "Squires' songs often focus on his struggles with maintaining his mental health, so there's no emotional wishy-washiness here. But it's not just Squires' passion. Squires and his backup band are genius at taking what ought to be simple songs and tossing in a strange guitar riff or ear-catching harmonies. The result is beautiful and a little unsettling. It's the kind of music those Nashville hacks would give their strumming hands to write just once."

My Random Jukebox

"When I first heard the whole album it struck me how talented this artist truly is as he consistently writes great music that continues to feel so honest. His technique for crafting lyrics is a lesson for other songwriters out there, which you can read for yourself on his Bandcamp page. His words contain a lyrical emotion that provoke memories making the music easier to relate to which is a credit to his wordsmith ability."

One Chord To Another

" There’s something in his music that really finds the core of my heart. The songs might not always be filled with happy thoughts, but somehow I find his music comfortable and beautiful. Perhaps Jeremy helps me to tackle my own demons and get through the darker times. "

Popa's Tunes

"With help from Anna-Lynne Williams (Lotte Kestner) singing background vocals and Kalispell's and Field Report's Shane Leonard playing fiddle and organ, Jeremy is able to create songs that are haunting and ethereal exploring themes of death and the fear of losing loved ones."

Cover Lay Down

"after releasing the third in a trilogy of revelatory records designed to exorcise the demons of depression, the covers Squires has taken on in the past year – a softly melodic yet no less potent take on Sheets from Slowcoustic’s recent Damien Jurado covers project, and a pensive piano ballad transformation of a new song from Everybodyfields alum Jill Andrews perfect for fragile hipster television playback – offer equal evidence of scars and healing, even as they comfort and chill, delight and differentiate."

When You Motor Away...

"This reminds me a bit of Richard Buckner or Damien Jurado in that Squires, like Buckner and Jurado, somehow uses the space between sounds to amplify the effect of his vocals and fingerpicked guitar work. It's beautiful and you need to have this song."

My Random Jukebox

"We are treated to yet another collection of songs that shares Jeremy’s feelings in the special way he has with words and how he can express his emotions with his guitar in such a tender way. How he continues to keep his music so modest is a sign of the talent that this artist possesses."

When You Motor Away...


"North Carolina singer/songwriter Jeremy Squires is new to me, and has a very impressive, delicate fingerpicking acoustic guitar style and a terrific voice."

"I hear echoes of other acoustic favorites like early Richard Buckner and, of course, Jurado's work. Squires is an impressive talent."

Bucket Full of Nails

"Beautifully haunting, the nightmare of “Oblivious” is one you’ll not soon want to forget."

Slowcoustic

"Squires makes it his own with the fully acoustic cover that includes just enough of a Southern drawl peeking out of his voice – a song perfect for a bit of drawl if I ever heard one."

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One Chord To Another

" The songs are gorgeous, but what really strikes me each time is that voice. I love his vocal delivery so much that Jeremy is quickly becoming one of my favourite vocalists."

Common Folk Music

"A fantastically forlorn and sensitive song, “Ghostlike” is a beautiful example of what is to come from this thoughtful and talented singer-songwriter."

Common Folk Music

"So, not only do I have a favorite tune, I have a favorite tune sung by two very different artists. Both piano-driven and both delicate and wistful, but Jeremy’s lo-fi rendition with weeping dobro is more vulnerable and intimate."


Captain's Dead

"When songs can bring back memories, you know they’re keepers. very very recommended."

slowcoustic

" If you are into beautiful but sombre songs that create a moment of reflection, almost a slowing down of life, than this is a must hear."

One Chord To Another

"I’ve been meaning to write about this stunning, beautifully haunting and melancholic EP for a long while. North Carolina singer-songwriter Jeremy Squires is extremely talented and he has created a marvellous little record Central Nervous Station. There’s something here that reminds me of Richard Buckner’s Devotion & Doubt album. Maybe this just hits that same melancholic part of my heart."

The Dadada

"A product of New Bern, NC, Jeremy Squires’ authentic and earnest recordings are instantly appealing. There’s not a lot of glamour or glitz in his songs, which are often recorded as lo-fi. It’s plaintive folk with the bite of the eastern shore behind it."

Common Folk Music

"— a man with this amount of talent should be heard the world over. Squires’s emotional, Southern vocals combined with simple, heartfelt lyrics and thoughtful acoustic arrangements has made his new EP, Central Nervous Station, a revelation to a tired set of ears. A collection of dimly lit lamentations, this EP casts a blue light that sets a depressed atmosphere with weeping steel guitars and intricate fingerpicking all the while comforting the soul with the knowledge that someone else has felt the same heartache. Personally, this is the kind of music that inspires me to continue writing. It’s melancholy melodies like this that warm my body from the inside out with their themes of yearning, sadness, and heartbreak."

Diffuser. fm

North Carolina singer-songwriter Jeremy Squires let’s the back-country bleed through on his latest record of campfire-ready acoustic tunes, ‘Central Nervous Station.’

Squires’ voice is honest in such a way that you imagine his melodic intone and his speaking voice not differing at all — like his conversational cadence carries the same longing and gloom as the spacious queries he makes on ‘Central Nervous Station."

 

Ourstage

"Jeremy Squires’ 2012 release In The Dark is folk at its most lonesome and plaintive. Acoustic guitars intertwine with Squires’ delicate and twangy vocals. Harmonica lines whisper and echo in the background. This stuff is beautiful."

10 Listens

" Jeremy Squires represents all that goes well and all that makes sense about an age-old practice."

Yankee Calling

"Jeremy Squire's new EP, Central Nervous Station, is simply haunting. Its despondent semblance is one that easily engages in a way where you not only hear the songs he's written but you can feel them as well. Brimming with honest emotion, this is an album that requires time well spent to fully appreciate - but is very much worth it." 

Reverbnation

“The start is slow and tranquil. The guitar use is fantastic. The vocals are amazing on this track. I can foresee this being used
for many commercials, especially those in peaceful ceilings. The tempo is awesome and this song is so tranquil and peaceful.
The sky is the limit on this masterpiece.” -- Reverbnation, Jeremy Squires - A Warm Glow

Star News Online

"Folk and moodier Country music married together that makes New Bern N.C.'s Jeremy Squires' music sound achingly real. It's singer-songwriter material both earnest and heartfelt"

Various Small Flames

 "The album, titled Collapse, the most personal and quietly devastating record Squires has ever made."

The Monday Morning Tape

"Lonely, quiet acoustic folk, of an exceptionally high caliber."

One Chord to Another

"The album is quietly mesmerizing and beautifully shattering."