Somewhere between the fading light of dusk and dawn – that’s where you’ll find Jeremy Squires’ latest installment, Many Moons.
The tenth full-length release since 2006, the North Carolinian doesn’t disappoint, offering a self-produced collection of songs that delve into a beautiful mix of haunting lyricism and new, intricate sounds. Each track is a testament to Squires’ overall experience as an artist – pain, loss, grief and happiness – demonstrating his true expanse as a creator.
Interview: Jeremy Squires Talks About His Songwriting Process And His New Album “Many Moons”
Jeremy Squires is easily one of folk and Americana music’s most prolific singer-songwriters, having now released ten overall albums since 2006. Recently we spoke by phone about his songwriting process, his musical influences, and his new album Many Moons.
REVIEW: Jeremy Squires Proves Himself A Great Artist On “Many Moons”
The result, artistically and musically speaking, is nothing short of breathtaking and awe-inspiring.
When it comes to being a songwriter, especially of the folk variety, being able to express life’s hardships, struggles and tragedies and the emotions that come along with them into lyrics that the listener can relate to is critical. Doing it in the way that Squires does it on this ultimately positive collection of songs about depression, bipolar disorder, opioid addiction, life, and death by imbuing them with overriding compassion for his fellow human beings, earns him a spot as of one of our most expressive and essential singer-songwriters.
Jeremy Squires Premieres “Hazy,” Discusses Writing ‘Many Moons’
Many Moons lands well amongst the current state of things. Although the inspiration is more intimate, each of the ten-tracks covers relatable topics such as grief, loss, stress, mental illness, and change.
A dark, mysterious soundscape provides the background for haunting vocals on “Cast Spells” by Jeremy Squires. The song takes folk music in unexpected directions and simply must be heard to be understood.
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