North Carolina's Jeremy Squires has been releasing a steady drip of songs this past year that showcase Squires' willingness to dig deep and spread out. The album, with the inexorable intention of a drip of water carving its way through a glacier, transition from longer, indistinct meditations to folk-rock that reaches an almost painful clarity.
Poem is an album that confronts depression and grapples with living a life alongside it. "Sommersault" is an intimate song that brings comfort even as it
describes a worst-case scenario anxiety attack.In "Gift," Squires reckons with loss and nostalgia in a somber piece that insistently grabs your attention. As always, Squires' songs are painfully melancholy tempered by his
inimitable purity. In "Heaven," Squires gives a love song bursting with
complex emotions. Yet "These Nights" reminds us that these emotions can change in an instant.
Squires' songwriting requires you to be in a grounded space before you hit play: it'll take you places, and not necessarily the ones you want to be in. But Squires shows us that even these moments are an essential part of life.
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