Jeremy Squires (from the album Poem available as a self-release)
Keeping with the literary-themed title of the recent Jeremy Squires release, Poem is a sun-dappled room, the light catching each object drawing shiny and bright sparkles from the stillness. A fragility envelopes Poemwhen gently bowed strings support flickering piano notes as “What Can I Say?” opens the album, its role as first cut offering a guide for the tracks that follow. Jeremy Squires taps into the magic of the voice on Poem, his delivery proceeding with contemplative tones to match the textures of the story. Tension builds subtly when Jeremy Squires spies a coming storm in “These Nights”, the singer sharing a conversation with his angels as anger slowly pulls the words taut over glistening acoustic guitar notes.
The sonics of Poem often appear as if in a dream, thick rolling puffs of sound forming thunderclouds over the searcher in “Stargazer” while “Somersault” tumbles over scratchy strums as it sinks into a chemically-induced haze and “Orchid” loses its grip on reality as its story slides over lush strings. From his home in New Bern, North Carolina, Jeremy Squires makes Folk Art in songs, capturing the human struggle in the emotions that haunt both the words and music. Poem soundtracks its stories with soft touches of Country (“If We Stay”), puts a ghostly rhythmic rumble underneath gothic vocals (“A Calm Around”) and pastes reverie on a dreamscape of free-floating notes (“Heaven”) as Jeremy Squires searches for “Fragments” on a unrelenting beat and presents “Gift” on a echoey abandoned basement piano.
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