Central Nervous Station - EP

by Jeremy Squires

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© ℗ 2013 Jeremy Squires


In this world there are people who can find inspiration in their darkest hour turning their ugliest moment into a beautiful piece of art or an extraordinary song. Then, there are some who can’t. And, those who can’t call those who can “tortured artists.” However, there are tortured artists, and there’s singer-songwriter Jeremy Squires. Rising above the dubious and clichéd distinction, Squires conveys a true emotion that never sounds contrived or feels forced. His new EP, Central Nervous Station is a perfect example of his raw vulnerability combining haunting melodies with thought-provoking lyrics to shed light on the human condition and his personal struggle with depression.

Self-released in January 2013, Central Nervous Station is the follow-up to Jeremy’s previous albums, A Place to Hide (January 2012) and In the Dark (May 2012). Writing songs to confront his demons, Central Nervous Station is a collection of his intimate thoughts and genuine feelings chronicling his pilgrimage inward toward self-discovery and healing. To also aid his mending, Jeremy played all of the instruments on the EP while recording it at his New Bern, North Carolina home. All of the songs on Central Nervous Station have soothing warmth and glow lying just below their melancholic and troubled surface. The loneliness is palpable in the title track, “Central Nervous Station,” while “A Warm Glow” is fraught with the turmoil and anxiety of mental illness which can be heard in the steely, short guitar throughout the song. And, the confusion of yearning and fear to be loved, or of love in general, weighs heavy in Jeremy’s pensive and anguished voice in “Run.”

Though Central Nervous Station sounds depressive, there is something calming and medicinal in Jeremy’s introspective lyrics and emotional voice. A group of songs so human, so pure, and so private, we feel like we’re listening to his personal journal being sung aloud. The real beauty of Central Nervous Station lies in Jeremy’s ability to communicate his vulnerability and connect with us on a basic human level. So, with no barriers to separate us from the deepest, darkest part of his soul, it’s comforting to know that Jeremy is open and honest enough to let us in to share firsthand in his sickness and struggle.”


"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." – Kyle Black, Yankee Calling


"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." – One Chord To Another


"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." – Andrew Poitras, Diffuser.fm


" — 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." – April - Common Folk Music


"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." – The Dadada


“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


"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." – My Random Jukebox

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released January 8, 2013

Cover photo by Jeremy Squires
Music and lyrics by Jeremy Squires
Performed, mixed and produced by Jeremy Squires

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April Wolfe: commonfolkmusicpr@gmail.com

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Track Name: Central Nervous Station
A cloudy stare
it slowly fades
from your kingdom there
through salty breath
if it may collapse in on itself
and if I should fall down to the depths
into the wild wind you go
then slowly fall
from your castle high
stumbling straight
but until the stars collide
a kaleidoscope of your dreams spread through the smoke
to dwindle down
into the wild wind you go
I've seen you dancing there
a lonely light
came through the shades
off your window pane
from the ghastly graves
if they may collapse in on themselves
and if I should fall down to the depths
into the wild wind you go
I've seen you dancing there
in the shadows of this house
Track Name: Collide
I know it shows
but the pain is just a constant confirmation
what I've become
this fickle flame
when the cold of Winter touches you just shiver
and I cut quick

Honey, I don't wanna lie to you no more
I've been moving through these waters shore to shore
and I wanna bide my time before you're gone

I know it hurts
can you see it's just a friendly observation...
that I'm not fine

Your love is like a hurricane in Summer
and I'm waiting through this thunderstorm
and I wanna run and hide for my life

Honey, I don't wanna lie to you no more
I've been moving through these waters shore to shore
and I wanna cry sometimes and we both know
it's a matter of time
Track Name: A Warm Glow
Crimson covered her mouth
her things were hand me downs
beneath that pattern dress she was a plain kept mess
now an after thought when the Winter thaws
a ghostly metaphor in my haunted halls

Don't you wonder why they leave and let you down...
leave you thinking you're a fool to remember...
don't you wonder why... don't you wonder why...
don't you wonder why they do?

Crimson covered her mind
then bled into her eyes
but nobody ever saw them like that
she's velvet black shades now
dark cast upon her doubt
all her friends are gone, she's so fucked up now

Don't you wonder why they leave and let you down...
leave you thinking you're a fool to remember...
don't you wonder why... don't you wonder why...
don't you wonder why they do?
Track Name: Crazy
When the starlight sinks in oceans
where them long black dreams i've had still motion
me to come back to form
crazy like the morning comes

We scatter like blackbirds in Autumn
when our arms do seek the end of day
where the noise and lights descend
crazy like we were back then
Track Name: Run
Fire's burning through your eyes now
there's ashes in the sand
that lead me to the river
I never washed away my sins
your old town holy notion
don't ever let me go
I'm playing in your field now
I'm running through your endless groves
just like we did when we were young
when the sirens sung everynight

I wanna run so far away
somewhere you can't resurrect my name
I wanna run into your arms
someday you might recognize my love
I wanna run away

The siren song you sang me
still led me to your bed
lays there beneath the sheets still
but baby it was never meant
sweat trickles down your bare skin
don't ever let me go
we're blessed down by the water
still dripping down your body slow
just like it did when we were young
when the sirens sung everynight

I wanna run so far away
somewhere you can't resurrect my name
I wanna run into your arms
someday you might recognize my love
I wanna run away