Spooky Action at a Distance

by Frederick Squire (2016)

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released May 27, 2016

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SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE is the third release from the reclusive and respected artist, Frederick Squire. Celebrated for his ability to achieve unthinkable results using ramshackle recording equipment, Squire maintains the ability to make the listener feel as though they are taking part in the recording experience, a sentiment that takes a beautiful shape and lingers, reverberating, long after. Performed, recorded, and mixed by Squire himself, and mastered by the revered John Golden (Sonic Youth, Lee Hazelwood), the final product sounds so incredible, it is hard to imagine that it was recorded in a tiny basement while Squire was also pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and learning to be a father. Most of the songs were written over ten years ago when Squire was living in Dawson City, Yukon. These older songs such as, “Spill Your Lungs” and “Bike Thief”, contemplate the ups and downs of a young man in and out of love. The record concludes with Squire’s most recent offerings, “Switch the Engineer” and “This Place”, which reflect his current state of matrimonial harmony. While the subject material of his songs may be taken from simple every day life, Squire is a master craftsman when it comes to his sharp and poetic word choice. After the record is released, Squire will power down the studio and switch his focus toward the future of robotics, gathering new experiences about the world we live in through scientific discovery, all the while slowly and carefully deciding what to write about next. In the meantime, fans can appreciate this collection of songs by a dedicated recording artist who works tirelessly at making art out of everything.

All songs written and performed by Frederick Squire
Recorded and mixed by Frederick Squire in Copper Cliff, Ontario
Mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering
Photography by Kate Maki
Design by Paul Henderson
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Track Name: Spill Your Lungs
Spill Your Lungs

I would walk with a hand at your back
And you would walk with your hand in my back pocket
I would joke that you would steal my wallet
And you would laugh and you’d say, no I wouldn’t
We could spend our hearts all over this town for nothing
We could spend our hearts all over this town for nothing
We would stop for a drink later
After we were tired of moving
And you would know someone in the tavern
Who could maybe tell us of this coming winter
We could spill our wine all over this town for nothing
We could spill our wine all over this town for nothing
After we thought that it had become quite easy
I would make a joke that was not funny
But sincerely quite offensive
From a time when I was reckless
We could scream our lungs out in this town for nothing
We could scream our lungs out in this town for nothing
Maybe I should have set my goals much further
Than like the Northern Star’s wish to burn for just one night
Maybe I should have mentioned
That I was not built for this kind of loving
We’re going to chase each other around this town for nothing
We’re going to chase each other around this town for nothing
Track Name: Book of Love
Book of Love

So you’re reading the Book of Love
And your favourite pages
They are marked by the spots that you like
I make mistakes sometimes
I often don’t get it right
I make mistakes sometimes
I often don’t get it right
In talking we get along just fine
But in walking I’m always four or five steps behind
I can’t keep up
With what’s moving on your mind
I make mistakes sometimes
I often don’t get it right
So you’re reading the Book of Love
And your favourite pages
They are marked by the spots that you like
I make mistakes sometimes
I often don’t get it right
I make mistakes sometimes
I often don’t get it right
Track Name: BOAT!
BOAT!

I am sitting and I am writing to you
Thumbing through old photos of myself
Deciding which one I’m going to send home to you
Because I do not have a telephone to call
If this was some kind of dream
Then it is one that I could keep together
And right now I am waiting for you to come in
So I can remember the softness of your skin
I love you in the snow in the wilderness
And I love you in the snow wherever you are
But mostly I love you when you’re in the snow that’s in my arms
Because that’s where I always am
Track Name: Bike Thief
Bike Thief

I met all my friends again last night in a bar
Northland Gin
It tastes like conversation
And it comes up again
You locked our bikes together
I thought it was a good idea
It lasted all night friend
We locked ourselves together in a certain way
You help me out and I will help you out
We’re lucky it’s a simple combination
Last call for conversation
The lights are on
And we are sinking way down in our chairs
We don’t say much of anything
Even though there’s still a lot to say
The lights are on
And maybe we should just ride home
Track Name: Blue
Blue

I decided long ago
Never to laugh again
I decided long ago
Never to cry again
I made my list
I’ve thrown them all in
Made my list
I’ve thrown them all in
Never to laugh again
Never to love again
So I’m blue
So I’m blue
So I’m blue
So I’m blue
Track Name: Sweetest May
Sweetest May

Sweetest May it is not your luck
If terrible things are happening to your friends
Hold out kid because you’ve got it right
You can read the statements
Burned into the leather and saved from the cutter
I could see this coming
While they were waiting guessing
And you were outside waiting
So I took too long to decide to go that night
It’s too cold to walk
There’s no cabs on this block
I’m uptown ready to fun
There’s two maps to see
This is some tourist dream
But a bit too close to the lake
Sweetest May it is not your luck
Hold out kid because this has nothing to do with your faults
Track Name: Switch the Engineer
Switch the Engineer

All the lights are off and no one is home
Leave a note that says that we stopped by
Just to talk for a while
I miss those old days sometimes
How long has it been since we’ve been friendly
Longer than a sin should go on living
All because I was not happy
Just because I thought that I was too busy
Messenger of news where are you coming from
Should I let myself give in and trust you
And reverse my built in sadness
A crazy horse that’s impossible to harness
We should get ourselves out of these shadows
Switch the engineer whom darkness follows
Relax and enjoy the weather
Just get old experiencing our time
Track Name: This Place
This Place

This place is a very good place to be
And I’m starting to know it well
I’m trying to see the whole world as just one friend
And open up to influence
What’s slow is slow
What’s fast is fast
What’s right may be right
What’s wrong may be wrong
Who says it’s wrong