Shadows

by Jeremy Squires

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© ℗ 2016 Jeremy Squires

New Bern, North Carolina native and haunting folk troubadour Jeremy Squires engages listeners with his uniquely dark and beautifully vulnerable songs. On February 19, 2016 Shaker Steps Records (Lexington, KY) releases Jeremy’s 3rd full length album Shadows. The album represents a continued brutally honest meditation on confusion, heartache, and loss. Candid melancholy masterpieces like “Carry You,” “Hourglass,” and “Your Love” leave listeners speechless. Enjoy Shadows with a side of quiet contemplation.

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released February 19, 2016

Jeremy Squires + Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Synth, Mandolin

Anna-Lynne Williams (Lotte Kestner) + Vocals on tracks 4.) Glisten, 7.) After All, 9.) Woven

Music and lyrics by Jeremy Squires

"Open" poem by Anna-Lynne Williams

Produced by Jeremy Squires

Mastered by Chris Harris at Hook Echo Sound

Album Art by Barney Bodoano: www.barneybodoano.com

Released by Shaker Steps: www.shakersteps.com

"Imbued with ghosts and memories, Shadows delves deeper into Squires’ brand of mountain folk." - Pop Matters

"It’s a record borne out of legitimate heartbreak, the end of a marriage and the death of a loved one, a brave and honest attempt to deal with big life-changing events. The beauty of it is that the finished work is not just healing and revelatory for the artist. It can help us too. All of us." - Wake the Deaf

"Singing in hushed whispers, North Carolina’s Jeremy Squires is careful not to disturb the ghosts occupying his latest album, Shadows. Maintaining a detached repose, Squires weaves tales of heartbreak and death on songs such as “Carry You” and “Hourglass,” with its hereditary domino effect.

An autumnal album, Shadows is largely unadorned, Squires and an acoustic guitar doing the heavy lifting as on “Open,” a song adapted from a poem by Anna-Lynne Williams (Lotte Kestner). Accented by synth touches on “Your Love” and piano and “Glisten,” Williams adds vocals to the latter, as well as “After All” with is welcomed damnation and album closer, “Woven,” perhaps Squires’ finest musical moment to date."- Bucket Full of Nails


"While Americana music is littered with melancholy tales of drinking, loss, and broken romance, Squires delivers raw, concise lyrics – ungarnished by flowery rhetoric that candidly spell out tragedy. In a lyrical style similar to Michael Rank, Squires relates sadness in a way that listeners can relate too." - No Depression


"Shadows is fragile, dark and beautiful folk album that isn’t afraid to deal with difficult personal issues." - One Chord To Another

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Track Name: Carry You
Sending arrows straight
Balance targets on my head
Solitary space
For you I would change

To ride the worlds beside you
Here in all my time
Bearing on my shoulders
Carry you tonight

How could I explain...
When explanations die
In all that I have been
There is more inside

I stood alone there waiting
I saw your tail lights fade
Burn out like the stars
But here I remain
Track Name: Hourglass
When I was seventeen I got the call that my father had died
Then I went to my bedroom and cried on the floor beside the TV
And I thought and I thought about when I was a kid
Then I thought about what my father did and what he didn't do

As I sunk like a stone in that hum
I was raised by my grandma you know... It was weird sometimes
She had a hard life with my mom (she's a published writer you know...)
Had a book of poetry that she wrote
When I was young I heard about it

Now my sister she's sick with her pills and anxiety shit
My mom passed down to her kids
When I was young I laughed about it
Now I see through this curse placed upon my family
and the truth about a matter of time (We don't talk)
I'm thirty-three and lost
Track Name: Your Love
Smoke escapes your birthday cake
A candle blown and a wish you made
Someone should tell you it won't come true
When you have a selfish heart

Halloween when we were kids
Playing in the woods, covering my lips when breath escaped your mouth
We're strangers now and all that faded away
All that faded away

December left dust on frosty leaves
To cover my world just like a dream

December left dust on frosty leaves
White covered your eyes just like a veil

Dangling lights, no wedding bells
You loved that dress like I hate myself
My little dove that flew away to soon

You told them lies when we were kids
we shuffled through the leaves and all them days
Someone should tell you... It's sad but true
All that faded away

December left dust on frosty leaves
To cover my world just like a dream

December left dust on frosty leaves
White covered your eyes just like a veil
Track Name: Glisten
Dear,

I'm a puppet a marionette dancing for you
Pull on the strands of my heart strings
Watch me move around

Where we waltzed through the infinite sounds, where we held on
Did you breathe at all?

Dear,

Did we drown in the dark last night?
Tell me no lies
Did we fall through the cracks of sky
into the light...

Did I watch you illuminate with these eyes?
Did you see it all...
Track Name: Alone
The pearly, pearly gates
where there ain't no hope for me
the Lord cast me down into the fiery lake
through the Pentecostal flames in the sky behold my name
the words written in the smoke from effigies

Burn

Near the Devil's woods I played
where them voices called my name
snakes slithered in the grass beneath my feet
by the riverside I wait for the holy man to leave
ain't no water's gonna wash away my sins

Burn

I lay down with my demons now
from wince they came
I always give out

I lay down with my demons now
and I'm afraid
I always give out
Track Name: Open
Open (the poem)

the things you find
when you leave the windows open
a moth that chose to spread its wings
to die
i didn't know how to touch it
still convinced it was about
to go somewhere
i forget there are so many ways in
to where i live
the air doesn't seem to move
in the daytime
but like ghosts
i can trust the leaves and moths
to find all of the
shimmering portals.

- anna-lynne williams
Track Name: After All
There's an old painting of Jesus on the wall and a tapestry that hangs by a cross
that weighs heavy on my shoulders now and then
I get caught up with (why the things we love they never last)

You can calculate the changes that in time
it just doesn't add up
when the world won't wait we just leave it behind
when life goes by too fast

There's a picture of my daughter on her shelf and a porcelain doll that sings to herself
a song I've heard her sing a thousand times
a million memories ago (I hope you're happy now)

You can calculate the changes that in time
it just doesn't add up
when the world won't wait we just leave it behind
when life goes by too fast

You can calculate the changes that in time
it just doesn't add up
Track Name: Patterns
Once you stood beneath a noisy light
Now it's quiet
And the silence gets to you sometimes
It was summer in the yard
Catching lightning bugs in jars
And the reflection of them in your daughters eyes

You were saving up to leave
All the factory lines and magnolia trees
It was morning in your eyes when you said goodnight
To the colors and the contrast of the sheets

Once we stood beneath that lonely pine
And talked about things
It was January beneath an evening sky
It was Winter in your eyes
And a reflection of the night
How the stars did circle around you like a dream

You were saving up to leave
To trade a pattern for an all new imagery
It was something in your eyes when you said goodbye
To the colors and the contrast in your life
Track Name: Woven
Fall's burning those embers
drifting off
you ain't but a fire on my lazy day

Through the wildwood and brambles to a city of ghosts
down where nobody lives anymore
this old house is in shambles, it'll rattle your bones
when it won't, it won't matter no more

November's warm glow
kerosene
shivers through my shadow in my dreams

Through the window that shattered when glass turned to laughter
where nobody hears anymore
there the old ghosts wreak havoc, it'll rattle your bones
when it won't, it won't matter no more

It won't matter no more