Squires’ latest has that close up production feel that will draw you into feeling like you are sitting right here listening live. The song itself is very fluid and flowy. Give it a listen and unwind.
‘Labyrinth’ is one of my favorite songs from Many Moons and one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written. I experimented with alternate tunings for the song and came up with a textured/dreamy sound. The lyrics are very close to my heart as well. This song is about living in the same place where you grew up and watching everything change around you. This line from “Labyrinth” conveys what I try to express in the song: ‘The neighbors were building a treehouse for the kids in the yard where I used to play for hours dreaming.’ I tried to write and sing it in a way that paints a vivid portrait. — Jeremy Squires
Artist: Jeremy Squires Hometown: New Bern, North Carolina Song: “Cast Spells” Album: Many Moons Release Date: August 28, 2020 Label: Blackbird Record Label
In Their Words: “When I wrote ‘Cast Spells,’ I had originally intended for it to be an acoustic song and a duet. Over time I felt the song could be opened up more and I started playing around with different soundscapes and textures. Ultimately the song evolved into what it is now. ‘Cast Spells’ is one of my favorite songs on the record and tells a poetic truth from a haunting perspective.” — Jeremy Squires
“North Carolina native Jeremy Squires has spent the better part of two decades playing in bands and recording his own style of sparse and rootsy folk music. Since 2013 he has been staying especially productive, releasing a handful of albums and progressing his ability as a songwriter capable of crafting music filled with depth, emotion and haunting imagery. Like most of us, Squires has been in quarantined at his home for the last couple of months. Though it hasn’t been easy for many artists to stay creative during this time, he has made the best of it. In March, Squires released an album of covers featuring interpretations of songs by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Nirvana, Damien Jurado, Jason Molina and Pedro the Lion among others.
Then, just over a month later, he followed it up with a full-length LP called Eastern Glow, a collection of quiet and introspective folk songs with sparse, stripped down instrumentation. The raw production and the intimacy of the music make Eastern Glow an album that speaks to our current times.
“Squires breathes melancholy into each of his re-interpretations, leaving some songs quite a bit more devastating than the original writers intended, while others -- like his cover of "Heart Shaped Box" -- gain some tenderness.
- Adobe and Teardrops
For those of you who have actually read this blog, and/or those who know me personally, know that I am a huge fan of North Carolina singer-songwriter Jeremy Squires. I relate to his songs on a deep personal level, but not only that, having known Jeremy, I know that he is a solid and decent human being. And, I believe it is this humanity alongside his life experiences of loss, pain, happiness, and love that make him the great songwriter I have known since early 2013. His ability to write and construct delicate, complex, Southern Gothic songs that beguile worn and restless souls into some kind of peaceful trance where warmth and comfort reside is remarkable, and this could not be more true than with Jeremy’s new song “Heaven”.
Presently, Jeremy is in the midst of finalizing his new album Poem, which he has described as an album of “My personal poetry set to music that document changes in my life as well as my loved ones.” Honestly, I feel like every album Jeremy has released has been some kind of personal diary or book of poems for the world to hear, and, as a result, he has mastered the art. So, as a way to build up his forthcoming album, Poem, Jeremy has been releasing videos. The first, “Somersault“, which has been out for weeks, lovingly describes a lover’s love as the best medicine for his anxiety. The second, “Gift“, has also been out for a while now, and, is as Jeremy explains, a song that describes “when what is lost is finally found.” Now, that brings me to his new release, “Heaven” — the song that I am so proudly premiering. This is a beautiful song filled with haunting imagery and a feeling of being lost while the ethereal strings provided by Andrew Joslyn + Passenger String Quartet swirl around the wistful inflection of Jeremy’s voice. It’s magic.
Unfortunately, Jeremy has not set a release date for Poem, but if “Heaven” and the previous releases are any indication, it will cement his reputation as the poet laureate of modern folk.
“Jeremy Squires is surely about to release a stunner of an album. While Poem doesn't yet have a release date, he's released a number of singles that have me quite excited. In "Gift," Squires reckons with loss and nostalgia in a somber piece that insistently grabs your attention.
JEREMY SQUIRES UNVEILS GIFT, SECOND SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM POEM
LIAM DOYLE12TH FEBRUARY 2018
We’re big fans of New Bern, North Carolina singer-songwriter Jeremy Squires, having written about lots of his previous releases, including last year’s great album Collapse (that we described as “the most personal and quietly devastating record Squires has ever made”), and even had the pleasure of speaking to him about his work a few times.
We’re therefore excited to hear that Jeremy has a new album on the way. Entitled Poem, the record doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’ve already had a taste with the first single ‘Somersault’, which was unveiled recently over at Adobe and Teardrops.
Now Squires has released Poem‘s second single, ‘Gift’, and an accompanying video, which premiered recently on One Chord To Another. The song retains Squires’s trademark stark and emotive writing, backing it with sombre piano and stirring strings, resulting in something that’s at once grandiose and melancholy. But despite that description, it’s actually one of the most positive songs I’ve heard Jeremy write. It’s a heartfelt and tender love song, the titular gift revealing itself to be a person the narrator is very grateful for.
“AND UNDER THE BLANKETS, I WAS JUST STILLYOU WERE A DREAM I HADBEAUTIFUL JUST LIKE FLOWERS IN BLOOMONLY I COULD FIND”
Make sure you keep your eyes on the Jeremy Squires Bandcamp page for further information on Poem. In the meantime browse the Jeremy Squires tag to delve into his back catalogue.
“Jeremy Squires is a singer-songwriter from New Bern, North Carolina. He has been creating quietly mesmerizing and haunting folk songs for several years and he has been featured here frequently since I stumbled upon his magnificent Central Nervous Station EP back in 2013. His songs often tend to be fragile and evocative, sometimes even poignant and devastatingly sad. Somehow the songs still always manage to bring me comfort, because the warmness, the softness and the serene humanity of them divide my own darkness into something manageable. That’s how even the downhearted moments of his songs have given me something to lean on and for that I’m eternally grateful.
Currently Jeremy Squires is releasing a series of music videos that will eventually lead to the release of his new album entitled Poem. The first one Somersault has been out for a few weeks and I’m proud to premiere the latest video for the song Gift. This is a serene, heartwarming and emotion-filled song that leaves me a little teary-eyed, but for all the right reasons. Jeremy himself explained: “It’s about two people who are lost and somehow found their way to each other. It is from both perspectives. The first verse is meant to be comforting and gives an example of someone leaving a beautiful path to follow to lead the other out of the dark. The second verse is from the perspective of being lost or in a dark place and finding love.”
The single Gift will be available everywhere on the 16th of February. There’s not yet a release date set for the album Poem, but you can count on it to be featured here once it’s available.
“VIDEO: Jeremy Squires -- "Somersault
Jeremy Squires is no stranger to tackling complex issues. He's made it a one-man mission to write stunning folk music about mental health struggles. His most recent album, Collapse, explores trying -- and failing -- to build a relationship with a person who struggles with addiction. Before that, When Will You Go provided an intimate portrait of struggling with depression and anxiety."Somersault" is an intimate song that brings comfort even as it describes a worst-case scenario anxiety attack. It's the first track off of Squires' forthcoming Poem and I can't wait to see where Squires will take us next.”
“'Remnants‘, a single taken from his latest album ‘Collapse‘. Saturated with religious simile (a throwback to Squires’ grandmother’s devout Christianity), the track features simple slide guitar with piercing harmonics lending support to Squires’ southern drawl. Sombre and reverential, this track is perfect listening for any dreary day.”