Austin-based singer-songwriter Matthew Squires debuts "Strange Day," the first track from his forthcoming album Visions of America, slated to drop August 30.
It's been just over two years since Squires' last album, Tambaleo, was released. During those years, Squire spent part of his time at a monastic Buddhist community in east Texas and the other part of his time in Austin laying down tracks for the new album.
Artistically, "Strange Day," as well as the rest of the new album, offers a bit more restraint than his previous music, while dropping cultural and literary references from Melville and Shiva to Donald Duck.
"Strange Day" opens on austere guitar riffs flowing into an innovative, even eccentric, melody, reminiscent of Talking Heads covering The Kinks. Raw, dirty guitars ride a measured beat, as Squires' voice takes on a brooding, philosophical tone. The lyrics alternate between puzzled meditation and ironic nonchalance.
"I've got to watch the day / On a strange, strange day / The world is flickering / There's a crack that runs through time / On a strange, strange day."