Riddle Of Stars
Out Now On Blackbird Record Label
Jeremy Squires is easily one of folk and Americana music’s most prolific singer-songwriters
- Americana Highways
For Jeremy Squires, songs can come from the way a camera moves in a movie scene, photographs, dreams or true life experiences. Riddle of Stars is all of those things — nine tracks written, performed and produced by Squires, created during a time of loss and letting go of a longtime musical collaborator, drummer and friend, Carlos Ventura. What started out as an electric album and includes a poem written as a goodbye for his friend’s funeral (Track two - “Blood Pact”), transformed into the heart-stirring collection of intoxicating songs that is Riddle of Stars. Presented with carefully crafted minimalism, primarily by way of guitar finger-picking, piano, and the occasional pedal steel guitar or organ, Squires tells his 12th digitally released album’s story with soft steadiness and ease in his melodies and vocals.
Riddle of Stars is visually realized through a series of companion videos produced and directed by Squires and set against a backdrop of the salty-aired east coast’s most compelling natural and gothic features — waterways, Spanish moss, rusted iron cemetery gates and aging statues of angels as graveyard centerpieces.
Squires signed to California-based Blackbird Record Labelin 2020 releasing Many Moons and then Unravel in 2021, an homage to the grandmother that raised him. In 2022, Blackbird released Hymnal, featuring violinist and vocalist, Autumn Rose Brand. “Blackbird is a great dynamic for my lifestyle,” says Squires, who was excited to find a home for his music with a label unafraid to support an artist that focuses and relies on a consistent creative process, writing and releasing music more than touring.
Out now on blackbird record label
When North Carolinian songwriter Jeremy Squires started production on his new album Hymnal, it became apparent that a big to-do would only get in the way of the words and melodies he’d written. “These songs are true stories that I wanted to tell without any clutter,” says Squires, who recorded his parts at his home studio and sent them over to violinist and vocalist Autumn Rose Brand to add her contributions. Done and done.
What sounds like a simple process, though, is anything but. The events, trials, and tribulations that led up to Hymnal center around his dissolving marriage, and the music, reflecting the subject matter, is scaled back compared to his previous full-length efforts.
Out now on Blackbird Record Label
Hearing the album now, Squires says, “I feel relief, I feel release, when I listen to it. I feel good. I feel like it’s something that I can be proud of. With a lot of things, I’m a perfectionist, but with this one, I’m happy with everything. It tells what I wanted it to tell, from what I was going through during the pandemic, everything I lost. It’s about finding a healthy balance and finding beauty in dark times.”
UNRAVEL Track Listing:
1. My Last Song
3. Only in My Dreams
6. Dream Walking
Out now on Blackbird Record Label
Jeremy Squires surprised even himself with the sonic textures of his newest album, Many Moons.
One of North Carolina’s most prolific folk singer-songwriters, Squires opted to record the songs he’s written on his analog keyboard over the last few years for Many Moons, which he self-produced. The experimentation leads to some unexpected sounds, yet the heart of Squires’ songwriting remains true.
Echoing its title, Many Moons is built around imagery of darkness and dreams. These moments may be pulled from his own life, yet he writes in such a way that listeners can put themselves into the lyrics.
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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.
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