The new Small Houses album Exactly Where You Wanted To Be is due out 26th of february on Yer Bird Records. I’m a bit early then, but this needs to be album of the month and it feels like march is too far away. I’ve been a huge fan of Jeremy Quentin’s folk project Small Houses since the previous album North came out in 2011. That was my first encounter with Small Houses and Jeremy instantly won my heart over. In the end, North ended up #6 on my albums of the year list and Late July was my favourite song of the year.
The new album Exactly Where You Wanted To Be is just as impressive as North was. Objectively speaking it’s even more impressive, because Jeremy has since become even stronger and more confident songwriter without losing the fragile and gentle honesty of his music (subjectively the album that made you found a new artist to love, always has that certain magic surrounding it). Exactly Where You Wanted To Be contains only eight songs, but it still holds more depth, value and subtle grace inside than most double albums do. It’s definitely my favourite record of the year so far (ok, I’m just starting with the new Frontier Ruckus, so Small Houses might soon have a contender). There are a lot of good folk singer-songwriter albums out there, but these songs are just so well crafted and beautifully phrased that the album stands out, grabs your arm and takes you out for a date that might turn into a lifelong relationship.
This is Oh, Hiding Out from the new album. There’s also a video for Our Sweet coming out soon and I will post that later on as a video of the day. There’s also a brand new Folkadelphia session at bandcamp. And there might be more great Small Houses news later in the year, if things work out. Oh and you can obviously already pre-order the album from Yer Bird.