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CONTACT:

Jeremy Hatch jeremy@jeremyhatch.com 

(510) 422-5716

 

RELEASE DATE:

February 23, 2018

 

The Dark Music of Dreams

debut album from Jeremy Hatch is a richly detailed hybrid of folk, classical and rock that explores dream states

 

Oakland singer-songwriter Jeremy Hatch is releasing his debut album, Send Me Word When You Get Back, on Bandcamp, iTunes, and all major streaming services worldwide on February 23, 2018.

Send Me Word When You Get Back is a concept album built around ten dreams: each instrumental and song on the album were inspired by particular dreams that Jeremy awoke from and recorded over the years and turned into prose poems and lyrics. A classically-trained pianist, guitarist and composer who later devoted himself to folk and rock music, Jeremy has combined on this album the rigorous compositional approach of classical music with the direct appeal of folk songs and the hard-driving intensity of rock.

Jeremy wrote and recorded the album after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, which funded the equipment, software and time necessary to complete the project. He performed all the parts himself, working mostly out of his own home studio in Oakland and a friend’s studio in Martinez. His Kickstarter backers have given the album an enthusiastic reception: many have compared it to being taken on a journey, or to listening to a soundtrack for an imaginary movie.

On releasing his first album at the age of 40, Jeremy says: "waiting to do this until now has given me the opportunity to incorporate many more influences than I could have done 15 years ago. At 25, the best I could have managed was to record some classical guitar music. I've spent the past 15 years maturing my craft, steeping myself in various folk music traditions, performing live, and along the way, learning secondary instruments and developing my recording skills. Also, it happens that all my life, I have been equally devoted to language, and for many years I focused heavily on literary writing. All these years of writing fiction and poetry has led to a strong emphasis on story and poetic language in my songs."

The album’s music is dark and rich, and the songs deal with themes of love, loss, and longing. While they don’t tell a continuous story, the listener is drawn from one track to the next by seamless transitions and changes of mood. A dynamic instrumental introduction featuring acoustic guitar, piano, and a soaring guitar lead draws us into the title track and first single, which seems to be the story of a lover who went to pursue a life in the wilderness and was never heard from again, as told by the one left behind.

Later tracks have a similar emotional tone. In one, the singer is standing in a train station, wondering which direction their lover has taken, having brought “all my questions / like so many bags to be lost.” In the second single, “You Never Really Knew,” the singer remembers details of being with a certain lover and regrets his failure of courage: “I never said what I wanted to say / that night was no gift to give you / that night when all I did was look at your face / and how I felt, you never really knew.”

Between each of these songs are instrumental pieces which sometimes sound like large symphonic groups and at other times are simply one or two guitars and a piano.

The final track gives the album a mysterious, yet somehow more hopeful note to close out with. “As You Lie Sleeping” opens with a quiet fingerpicked guitar part over which the singer describes laying together in a room with his lover, who is asleep. The song is filled with tenderness, and it seems to be about his desire to join her in her dreams as well as physically: “So tell me again / tell me as you lie sleeping / tell me which road is right / tell me your dreams and the secrets you’ve been keeping / tell me when I join you tonight.” To quote Dylan, I’ll let you be in my dream if you’ll let me be in yours.

LISTEN TO THE FULL ALBUM HERE:

LINKS

EMBEDDABLE TRACKS ON SOUNDCLOUD FOR ARTICLES:

TRACK 1 "SEND ME WORD WHEN YOU GET BACK"

https://soundcloud.com/jeremyhatchmusic/send-me-word-when-you-get-back/s-sZa6R?in=jeremyhatchmusic/sets/send-me-word-when-you-get-back-full-album/s-eeWmD

TRACK 2 "YOU NEVER REALLY KNEW"

https://soundcloud.com/jeremyhatchmusic/you-never-really-knew/s-Pjxx1?in=jeremyhatchmusic/sets/send-me-word-when-you-get-back-full-album/s-eeWmD

EMBEDDABLE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE FOR ARTICLES:

TRACK 1 "SEND ME WORD WHEN YOU GET BACK"

https://youtu.be/73Xu6a5lZME

TRACK 2 "YOU NEVER REALLY KNEW"

https://youtu.be/LTSVm6Hs-j0

BANDCAMP

https://jeremyhatch.bandcamp.com/album/send-me-word-when-you-get-back

INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/jeremyhatch/

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/jeremyhatchmusic/

YOUTUBE

https://www.youtube.com/c/JeremyHatchMusic

WEBSITE

http://www.jeremyhatch.com

PHOTOS

http://www.jeremyhatch.com/photos/