Originally from the tiny village of Wanstrow in Somerset, Jeremy Tuplin has, like so many musicians, re-located to London to peddle his wares. Following on from two well received EP’s, 2014’s Carry The Fire and 2016’s Open Letter, Jeremy is set to release his debut album later this year. Recorded with long-term collaborator Mark Estall, mostly in Marketstall Studio in South Bermondsey, Jeremy has described I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut as something of a departure. It represents his attempt to combine the acoustic troubadour of previous records with textures of electronic and synthesised sounds, creating a record he has described as, “space-folk”. Although much of the album deals with escapism and cosmological metaphors, today we’re sharing the album’s second single, O Youth, an all together more grounded number.
Discussing the track, Jeremy has suggested O Youth is, “my attempt at synth pop – in many respects it failed”. While far removed from synth-pop, O Youth, is perhaps more up-beat than fans of Jeremy’s music might expect. It builds around a rapid, fluttering bass line and steady bouncing drums, as acoustic guitars emphasise rhythms, and twinkling synths add moments of sweet escapism. Jeremy’s voice is a show-stealing affair, the strongly enunciated delivery, emphasising his bassy-timbre, it brings to mind the likes of Dan Mangan or Post War Glamour Girls’ James Smith. The voice is given room to breathe in the verses, but perfectly countered in the chorus by vocalist Samantha Whates’ sweeter, lighter delivery.
Lyrically, Oh Youth is one of Jeremy’s most grounded offerings, a piece of social commentary musing on the state of youth and young adulthood in the modern world. Jeremy casts himself as an older, but no-wiser narrator, as he recalls being, “torn between total boredom and wild impulsive tendencies, insomnia and being put to sleep and you’re wondering how this point in your life will be thought of as your prime when you die, but the pressure always fades to apathy”. Ultimately the song offers no conclusive way to get through the trials of growing up, just simply concludes, “there’s no such thing as wasting the day”.
His new album might be a journey to the stars and back, but Oh Youth is the sound of having two feet on the ground, not worrying about where the future will take you and living for the moment – if that’s what you want to do of course, as Jeremy concludes, “let’s go out on Monday…or not”.
I Dreamt I Was An Astronaut is out in September. Click HERE for more information on Jeremy Tuplin and upcoming tour dates.