February 27th – Manchester Center, VT
Small Houses is a Philadelphia, PA-based alternative country project featuring the songs and poems of Flint, MI-native Jeremy Quentin. Artfully crafted with finger-style guitar and softly sung melodies, the bars of his new album Still Talk; Second City describe the people, the love, and the homes of Quentin’s life.
Still Talk; Second City is the result of a one yearlong effort, borne of the exhaustion from too much time spent moving. Prompted to flee to Atlanta with the intent of an indefinite stay, Quentin’s eight months of living and recording was funded by various odd jobs and sleeping in the car – anything to keep the project alive. All-night restaurants and friends’ homes were among the venues where he recalled the memories of the hometown suburbs that suffuse the album, while shades of influence from poets like James Wright, Jim Harrison, and Seamus Heaney hover like weighty ghosts in the background.
Featuring guest appearances by artists including Mike Brenner (Magnolia Electric Co., Songs:Ohia), Samantha Crain, Erin Rae (The Meanwhiles), and John Davey, Still Talk; Second City celebrates the survival of winning out of “the worst and the longest time” and the drive to create a home outside of the one we already had (“I want something better, mean weather, revelier” – “South, Southern”). Other songs struggle with the want and need to leave, but reveal the need missing, or withheld (“I hear you’re lucky on me, honest, and torn to beat up my 99′′ – “Staggers and Rise”). “Still Talk” eavesdrops on imagined conversations, wished for but never had: “I want to make my real life static, real life when it’s worth, braided veins and a headlight coming, and a real list of words saying, ‘your mom and I still talk’”.
Damon Moon, the album’s producer and engineer, was inspired by the recording style of creators like Richard Swift (Foxygen, Tennis, Damien Jurado) and Roy Halee (Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds), and took a hand in helping to write and serve as a sounding board across one of his most involved efforts to date.
“Quentin refuses to sleep sometimes, unable to rest on any complacency when it comes to what we find value in. he knows beauty and he knows sadness and it puts them into the same vase.” – Daytrotter
“[Small Houses] resonates with an affinity for other songwriters including Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, and Jeff Tweedy, but is not solely defined by them” – Brittany Joyce; PASTE Magazine
“Small Houses’, “Revel” proves that Jeremy Quentin will be around for a long time. He’s matured as a songwriter and a musician beyond my wildest expectations” – Andrew Burri; Lucius
“I am captivated by the sound he has harnessed, because there is a familiarity in it- perhaps he draws from all the influences that I have come to love; yet he adds his own flare and touch to the sound, which rings true with a genuine voice” – Carleigh Atkins; Bahamas
“Quentin has been finding his voice for quite some time — each stage providing an engaging glimpse at a writer on some private road. In these songs it seems as though he’s landed somewhere altogether his own, and I hope he sticks around for some time” – Matthew Millia; Frontier Ruckus
“Jeremy Quentin, the vocalist behind Lansing’s Small Houses, sings with an earnestness that’s hard to deny… Quentin’s music is based on delicate folk melodies and his plucked six-string, with sparse acoustic arrangements that are quietly beautiful.” – A.V. Club
“Small Houses, is an indie folk artist and multi-instrumentalist who charmingly captures his surroundings in verse. Spinning tales full of honesty and gentle, pretty melodies” – The Deli Philly
“North” is frankly superb. Recorded in Ann Arbor, the songs are hair-raisingly beautiful, some of the vocal interplay is incredible, and the musicianship is wonderful.” – Metrotimes
“Small Houses. I find myself having difficulty describing the quality of such a set. Fantastic? Inspiring? Flawless? Launching with a few solo pieces by Jeremy Quentin, his hypnotic style and furious fingerpicking show me what the Michigan music scene is really about. This is the best kind of entertainment.”- Mostly Midwest