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Small Houses is a Austin, TX based indie/folk project featuring the songs and poems of Flint, MI native Jeremy Quentin. Artfully crafted finger-style guitar playing, and softly sung melodies describing the people, love, and homes of Quentin’s life. A long time favourite Small Houses aka singer-songwriter Jeremy Quentin is getting ready to release a new album “I Don’t Know What’s Safe” in January 2019. The magnificent lead single I Remember Me surfaced earlier this week with a gorgeous music video. Watch the video that was directed by Phillip Harder below and grap a name-your-price download of the single from his Bandcamp.

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Released February 8th, 2019

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Small Houses is a Austin, TX based indie/folk project featuring the songs and poems of Flint, MI native Jeremy Quentin. Artfully crafted finger-style guitar playing, and softly sung melodies describing the people, love, and homes of Quentin’s life. Tortured lyrics whip and wind their way around each other. They only let you see the knots and the grit, but something throbs inside there.

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Jeremy Quentin – Guitar, Vocals
David Ramirez – Bass
Carson Mchone – Vocals
Simon Page – Pedal Steel
Sam Kossler – Vocals

Released January 11th, 2019
Written By: Jeremy Quentin 

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”A fun thing I like to tell people about this song cites the 3rd verse. ‘Now the ferry way back 88, while John sang Crain and Hearst’. The ‘Ferry’ is in reference to my car, The Cripple Creek Ferry, which comes from a Neil Young song. 88 is a highway that cuts through Illinois. John Davey, a fella that sings on my record, is humming along with songs by Samantha Crain and Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels & Rope). Sort of a loaded couple of lines!

I wrote the song in the wake of moving out of a town in Michigan called Kalamazoo. There are references to places around the area like Water St., and Scio county. Getting Samantha Crain involved is a pretty simple task for Small Houses. She sings with me whenever we get the chance. When we were still recording, Samantha was on her way overseas to do a string of shows with Neutral Milk Hotel. I told her to make sure her layover was in Atlanta so we could fit in a day of catching up. I picked her up from the airport, we went straight to the studio, sang some songs, and within a few hours I was driving back towards the plane.”

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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.

Small Houses performs “Old Habits” on Audiotree Live, February 16th, 2015.

Small Houses is a Philadelphia, PA based alt-country project featuring the songs and poems of Flint, MI native Jeremy Quentin. Artfully crafted finger-style guitar playing, and softly sung melodies describing the people, love, and homes of Quentin’s life. 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.  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. 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,

This Small Houses session of Cover Club,  Small Houses’ cover choice was DRGN King.  Jeremy explained “I actually found DRGN King while looking around the 7 inch records at a Philadelphia record shop.  “Holy Ghost” was the A-side. Months later, I found myself opening for the band in an odd factory space in Houston, TX.  Dom[Angelella] and the gang were such nice guys that I made an effort to attend a few shows at SXSW and in Philadelphia. I’m a sucker for good old style pop music, there’s really no other explanation for my attraction towards the band. “

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Small Houses, the project of Philadephia-based Jeremy Quentin, impressed on 2013’s Exactly Where You Wanted To Be” for his delicate melodies and poetic lyrics. Now, Quentin has announced forthcoming Small Houses album “Still Talk; Second City”, an effort a year in the making that features collaborations with Mike Brenner (Magnolia Electric Co., Songs:Ohia), Erin Rae (The Meanwhiles) and more. In anticipation of the album’s release, Small Houses has shared album track “Seventeen in Roselore,” which features vocalist Samantha Crain.

“I originally wrote this tune as a duet for Samantha Crain and I,” said Quentin. “At the time, I didn’t hold too much weight behind the direction of the words. Later, the imagery would become the theme for the entire album.”

Still Talk; Second City is set for release on Feb. 10th via The Cottage Recording Co.