The Squires of Soul’s Shape Your View: A Groove for Every Beat
Lowell-area favorites The Squires of Soul are a group that has achieved something truly admirable—they’ve mastered their own corner of stripped-down, funk- and reggae-inspired soul. With their latest full-length release Shape Your View, they prove this mastery can continue to shine.
The twelve tracks on Shape Your View are very much a familiar flavor for the Squires, but the releases’ enduring qualities lie in how the group fills its own space. The interplay between vocalist and guitarist Harry Borsh and vocalist Cam Anthony both on this release and their live performances have for all intents and purposes set a standard for the form.
Their voices are very similar, but with slight deviations in personality. Borsh’s and Anthony’s voices are two perfectly-melding personifications of funk, reggae, and soul, which I believe makes their sound so pleasurable to the ear and continually enjoyable.
Then there’s the introduction to “Run You Through.” Anthony and Borsh open the song with harmonizing and acrobatic vocals that definitively show they can not only stand alone on a track, but come together to create a whole new texture to their sound.
There’s not a moment on this album that lets up on the groove. A hallmark of the Squire’s sound, their shows always have crowds dancing, and they made sure—through the work of bassist Matt Nemeskal and percussionist Kendall Gillians—this signature wasn’t lost on Shape Your View.
I personally see “Dance Into the Night” as the standout track for Shape Your View. With a characteristically ska aesthetic and a crowd vocal section, this song has the end of the album taking a quick and sudden turn that I found exciting.
Another favorite moment is the eery introduction of “I Can’t Stay.” It was one moment where I was checking to make sure I was still listening to Shape Your View, which I find as a positive quality. Along with an added turn into an almost haunting reggae section in the middle, this song offered the most surprises in it’s short 3:32 track time.
All in all, Shape Your View is The Squires doing what they do best—delivering infectious vocal concepts through the vessel that is their particular sense of stripped-down groove. Great both as feel-good party music, and worthy of a close analysis of its subtle surprises, Shape Your View is, above all, quintessentially Squires. – Al Gentile
For more info on The Squires of Soul, visit: www.squiresofsoul.com