Fleet as a Fox, mystical as a Misty, Jeremy Redmore produces an exceptional collection of songs which are remarkable in both their maturity and emotional power.
Jeremy Redmore? Who? Missed him completely. He was part of a band called Midnight Youth in the noughties and had a hit single with his first solo album in 2014. Lived the good life with the band, toured the world, then went solo. Then disappeared. Ran away to Canada with a new love. Gave up the music. Retired from playing to just listening.
Today he releases his second album, The Brightest Flame, written over twelve months as he experiences loss, returns home, recovers, and rediscovers music. The album has been progressively released as chapters, over the past five months, which might be a little esoteric for some. Like me, who still prefers albums to songs, and an overall impression to bits and pieces along the way. But that’s the artists choice, and I can’t challenge his right. But right now, I can revel in what he writes, as a story, a collection, the entire book and not just a chapter.
Firstly, this is not a local album, it’s a global masterpiece and will hold itself up anywhere. Secondly, it’s not a pop album, but has poppy bits and poppy songs. It’s a serious album, emotionally driven, and deeply personal. It’s an album to be listened to, immersed in, and it comes to us at a time of great uncertainty, which of course is a coincidence, but adds to its potential for enriching and enrichment. And substantively, it’s a reflection of the maturing life of an artist who decides to come back home, reinvented, recovering from grief, to re-establish rapport with the power of the song.
The album is written as a series of diary excerpts covering different emotional states which he experienced in his journey of recovery, relocation and recording.
In Jeremy’s own words: “Each chapter of the story played a different role in my grieving process: from counsellor, to confidant, best friend, mentor and champion”
Yes, the overall sound (sparse but often sonorous) and presentation (simple with moments of complexity) of the songs, emphasising Jeremy’s serenely appealing vocal range, brings to mind a Fleet Foxes and a Father John Misty. But there is another parallel closer to home in comparing Finn Andrews’ 2019 solo release to his role as the driving force behind The Veils. The tortured artist is sometimes obscured (and protected) by the noise of the band and needs to step forward into solo exposure to bring tortured soul to life. And of course, Marlon has done the same thing with the songs and sound of his sophomore effort.
Welcome back Jeremy Redmore, New Zealand’s latest Brightest Flame.
You can listen to the album in its entirety here.