Jeremie Albino

Jeremie Albino

There’s no counting the worlds Jeremie Albino has travelled to get to where he is today, and no telling
which ones he might head to next. Born and raised in the bright and booming metropolis of Toronto, his
heart led him out of the city and into Prince Edward County, where country living and a decade of working
on farms gave him the time and space to hone his songwriting skills. His music nods to all manner of
troubadours who rambled down similar paths throughout history—he nods slyly to the legendary blues
singers who inspired him, offers a soft and insightful touch with his folk songs, and stomps and swaggers
through soulful rock ‘n’ roll. But Jeremie Albino is a natural and an original, created by an alchemy that
favours, above all else, that most mysterious and coveted of qualities: heart. And his wildly impressive
debut, Hard Time, overflows with it.
Albino grew up immersing himself in early field recordings and the music of legends like Lightning
Hopkins and Skip James, first learning to play the harmonica and then moving on to guitar. On Hard
Time, he pulls just as much as he needs from his influences, reverent to the musical forms that made him
but actively sculpting his own voice. The easy groove of “Amelia” sets toes tapping to its fantastical love
story as Albino tries to bridge time and space to connect with the ill-fated aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart
over warm organ swells. “Lilac Way”—inspired by his mother’s love for the pale violet flower—envisions
breezy country roads with blooming strings and nods to Jeff Buckley’s sparse, early New York café
recordings. With “Hard Time,” he shifts gears into bristling dive bar rock ‘n’ roll, as a narrator behind bars
wonders whether his partner-in-crime will be there smiling, leaning on the hood of a car, to pick him up at
the end of his sentence. The dusty, understated “Shipwreck,” complete with the sound of creaking wooden
floorboards, takes listeners a thousand leagues under the sea and back to 1883, witnesses to a lonesome
grave. His storytelling reaches its peak on the doomy “Wildfire,” offering up a tale where Mad Tom and
his old hound dog stand defiant in the face of flames creeping up the hill, determined to stop the
destruction with his sheer force of will.
The sagas of these out-sized characters and the vivid imagery they pass through are given proper
treatment by the peaks and valleys of Albino’s music, dynamic enough to conjure something light as the
sway of flowers in the wind, or the grandeur of an apocalyptic storm. “They’re stories I wrote that came
from daydreams,” Jeremie explains, “about life, love, people, and another time.”
Not only is Hard Time Jeremie’s debut album, but it also represents a slew of firsts for the young
songwriter. Before embarking on the recording, he’d never been in a studio, played with a band, or worked
with a producer. Jeremie’s earthy Americana has never been laid to tape until now. And Hard Time
sounds just as untouched by pretension as you’d expect from a musician who got to this point simply by
letting his heart lead the way. The first recordings were laid down at the Bombshelter in Nashville with
producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Langhorne Slim), and the rest was
finished off at Union Sound in Toronto with the guidance of Albino’s manager and producer Crispin Day.
Get ready for it, coming summer 2019.

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