February 15, 2017

Press

“His songs are intelligent, the arrangements subtly inventive, stylistically spanning genres – folk/jazz/theater – demanding and holding your attention at every turn.” -Christine Lavin 

“His music harkens to an earlier time, but also casts vision for a future that we all feel hope for in our heart of hearts.”- Greg Jones of Ear To The Ground Music

“There are shades of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger in the midst of the beautiful melody. As you listen to the lyrics roll off of Aaron’s tongue, you can’t help but hear layers of tradition.”  – Greg Jones of Ear To The Ground Music 

“A major new folk talent has arrived” – Kevin Hugger (mp3hugger Blog)

“makes me nostalgic for a childhood I never had’” – Nick Walker (Musolist.com)

“the earthy, traditional folk sound of Jeremy Aaron is contemplative, poetic, evocative of campfires” -Jamendo.com

“The lyrics feel like something out of a Hemingway selection”- Greg Jones 

“When an artist can tap into something deeper, we’re always interested. Jeremy Aaron is our kind of songwriter, revealing a wonderful depth on this song. The sound is mellow and comfortable, all while inviting contemplation on the topic.”- Ear To The Ground Music 

Read Greg Jones of Ear To The Ground Music’s review of “In The Magic Light” — goo.gl/YeGy3r

If you’re a fan of the Greenwich Village folk of the 1960s, you should give this young man Jeremy Aaron a serious listen. His music harkens to an earlier time, but also casts vision for a future that we all feel hope for in our heart of hearts. Let’s start with his song “Honey.”

“Honey” has a nice rolling style to it. There are shades of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger in the midst of the beautiful melody. As you listen to the lyrics roll off of Aaron’s tongue, you can’t help but hear layers of tradition. The meaning is deep, expressing a sense of love and hope in his words, while doing so with the powerful metaphor so characteristic of his genre. It’s impressive, honestly.

The following “Bitter Sun” shows off Aaron’s exceptional acoustic guitar work. The lyrics feel like something out of a Hemingway selection. The melody takes an unconventional tack, ultimately provoking the unsettling sense of travel. We always want to think of Kerouac’s *On the Road* as a happy adventure, but when we read it we are reminded how awkward and difficult the road can really be. That same imagery (of “knives and guns,” for example) is prominent in the road of Aaron’s music.

“Frozen” has a little more of a James Taylor vibe to it. There’s a nostalgic and optimism to it. But yeah, the central theme about the perils of technology seems really pointed. (As someone who literally makes his living online, it’s a bit of a mixed response.) That said, the reflection we have to have on this type of theme is important; Aaron causes us to take pause without feeling brow-beaten or condemned. Besides, it’s really easy to listen to and the organ work is just perfect. If you squint your eyes just right, you’ll see visions of Fleetwood Mac dance in your head.

“Filthy Old Farm” is another of Aaron’s tracks that takes his sound in yet another direction. Still a sound that we could easily call folk music, there are shades of an alt rock vein on this one. I’m not sure of the intent on the lyrics, but it definitely provokes for me a sense of connection with the land or – more appropriately – how few of us actually have that kind of connection. Again the earthy vocals dance decisively with the deceptively complex acoustic instrumentation. “Do you know how happy you are?” strikes me as a pointedly philosophical question, worthy for all of us regardless of our work or life station.

In short, Jeremy Aaron is a gifted singer songwriter tapping into many veins of classic songwriting. The music conjures images of bygone eras, yet also a hopeful future of what might be. There’s a beauty in it, clearly, that encourages us to be better, more thoughtful people.

 

Read Christine Lavin’s Review of “In The Magic Light”: 

Before listening to Jeremy Aaron’s album, In The Magic Light, all I knew about him was that last summer he had organized an 80th birthday concert tribute to the late Dave Van Ronk. Van Ronk was my guitar teacher and friend – I even worked for him for a couple years, typing up his guitar charts in exchange for lessons – so I was intrigued to listen to a young musician who obviously has deep roots.

I wish Dave were here to listen to Jeremy’s work. I think he’d feel alternately impressed, inspired, and proud that this cat organized his birthday party. Jeremy is exactly the kind of singer/songwriter Dave would have taken under his wing and taught everything he knew — though clearly Jeremy Aaron already knows a lot. His songs are intelligent, the arrangements subtly inventive, stylistically spanning genres – folk/jazz/theater – demanding and holding your attention at every turn.

The production is impeccable, everything feels exactly right, which is not surprising since Mark Dann has been recording acoustic musicians in the NYC area for decades now, and knows a thing or two about bringing out the best in artists. He is one of the few tech wizards who not only records and mixes but also masters recordings with the highest skill. He plays bass at the highest level, too, as he does here, joining a superb group of side musicians and singers who surround Jeremy’s warm, beguiling voice and perspicuous guitar playing, and lift it just a touch toward heaven.

The first thing you want to do after listening straight through to this album is listen to it again. It reminds me of the first time I heard Goodbye And Hello, Tim Buckley’s second vinyl album. I immediately listened to that one again, too. If you have Tim Buckley and Dave Van Ronk on your shelf, make a little extra room for Jeremy Aaron. And maybe Jeremy Aaron will press vinyl copies of In The Magic Light. That would feel exactly right, too.