Release Day: Death in Reverse

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Jeremy Casella tends to be the Square Peg that lurks unnoticed in the background, so you’re forgiven if you aren’t a fan yet. But while he’s lurking back there, he’s making great music, and this new album has been a long time coming. Death in Reverse has been a hard journey for him and we can’t wait for you guys to hear it. Jeremy wrote a post about the record a while back, and here’s how he describes the record:

A few years ago I read N. T. Wright’s wonderful book Surprised By Hope and had my mind blown by all of the beautiful implications of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

Being an artist and songwriter, I naturally started to wonder how I might explore ways to connect with the resurrection musically. I found myself day dreaming about writing an album full of songs that sounded like they were coming from the other side of renewal, but with lyrics tethered to the present. I wanted to explore the “already/not yet” tension of living with expectant hope in the midst of suffering.

In addition to this, I wanted it all to sound like joy.

Here’s sneak peek at one of the tracks from the record. The whole album is now available in the Rabbit Room store (note that CDs aren’t in yet, but if you order now, we’ll ship them in two weeks when they arrive).

“Letter From An Old Friend”
from Death in Reverse
by Jeremy Casella

I wish I could find a way
Back to where it all began
For the future point of view
Through the telescopic lens

Because I know in looking back
Everything will change
Flip the axle upside down
In reverse and rearrange

I listen through the veil at night
I listen till my soul believes
The music in my mind’s eye
I sing it through the in between
I got a letter from an old friend
Written in a harmony
Take a heart of stone
And make it bleed
Make it beat

Tracing out your silhouette
Up before the morning comes
I packed my things and headed west
For the trumpet and the drum
I’ve got the image loud and clear
I put the picture in the frame
And everything I’ve left behind
It’s luminescence fades away

Yet arise my soul, you’re not alone
You’re not alone
Yet arise my soul, you’re not alone
Yet arise my soul, lift up your heart

You’re carried in a cloud by day
Wrestle through the fire by night
The Father fights for you
Lift up your heart
Be still


5 Comments

  1. Esther O'Reilly

    I like it. Very current. Would Jeremy consider it an embarrassing insult if I said that it reminded me of OneRepublic on a good day?

  2. Jason

    If you appreciate the music of most of the Square Pegs, you undoubtedly will dig Jeremy’s offerings. The depth of the music invites you to stop and listen and his sincere vocals and songwriting connect with your heart. His previous record, Recovery, is also excellent from start to finish. Highly recommended.

  3. Cindy

    I’ve been on the fence about reading Surprised by Hope and this song just persuaded me to pick it up.

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    Andrew Peterson

    @andrew

    Two things:

    1) Cindy, it’s a great book! Jump down off that fence. 🙂

    2) I listened to this record in my car twice yesterday, then again on a jog. It’s beautiful, and Jeremy’s voice has never sounded better. And the songs! His songwriting has always been good, but these lyrics are exceptional. Proud of you, Jeremy.

  5. Tom Murphy

    Honest and soul gripping. Spend some time listening with the lyrics in front of your eyes. I haven’t done that in a long time and this album drove me to sit with the lyrics for quite some time. On a personal note, Jeremy is a brother in Christ with a depth that is uncommon.

    Just buy “Death in Reverse” and thank whoever told you about Jeremy later. I first heard Jeremy on the Indelible Grace albums and I give Kevin Twit the credit for exposing me to the gift of his writing…

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