Oct 02 2006

Jeremy Messersmith – The Alcatraz Kid

Published by at 2:45 pm under MP3's

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I have a very exciting artist to share with you today. Singer-Songwriter Jeremy Messersmith is one of Minneapolis’ hidden gems, and it will not be surprising if he soon blows up in the indie scene. To give you an idea as to just how “underground” Jeremy currently is, he only has 590 Myspace friends. He seems like a laid back guy, and in today’s over-produced world, his music is considered very minimalist.

Jeremy’s songs are thoughtfully played both instrumentally and lyrically. You don’t see that much anymore. More often than not, you have songs that have great potential but are ruined by meaningless, and immature lyrics. Sometimes you’ll find a talented lyricist, yet he doesn’t have the melodies to carry the songs. In those instances, the songs are disregarded because they’re songs–not poems. Jeremy has eloquently produced an album that is enjoyable to listen to, and lyrically, he improves the songs. It does not appear that he is trying to knock off Elliott Smith, but he does share a similar sound. His lyrics are not nearly as gloomy as Smith’s.

I would also like to note that Jeremy seems to be a very down to earth guy. You see many artists today who express their feelings through their songs, yet there is no supporting evidence that their lyrics represent how they truly feel. For example, there are many artists who talk about their opinions on love, yet don’t really have the slightest idea what love is. It’s harder to accept those songs, because it feels more like the artists is trying to woo the listener, instead of writing out of passion. Jeremy has a blog on his site, where he expresses his feelings outside of his songs. His feelings on everyday life help support that his lyrics are honest. We learn his opinions on Chicago’s deep dish pizza’s, cubicles, and Star Wars to name a few. I personally feel closer to music when I trust the artist singing.

The Alcatraz Kid:

Jeremy Messersmith – Beautiful Children

Jeremy Messersmith – Great Times

Purchase this album from Jeremy’s website!

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Jeremy Messersmith – The Alcatraz Kid”

  1. Chuck Sullivanon 08 Oct 2006 at 8:07 pm

    This is great. You are really good at this. Someone should be paying you a lot of money for this passion and this clarity. Good things will come. Thanks.

  2. Davidon 14 Oct 2006 at 3:03 pm

    Wow, that’s just about the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me, Chuck. Thanks for your support. I’m happy you’re finding music that you like!

  3. Jennylynon 28 Oct 2006 at 12:01 am

    mmm, thank you for sharing. this is really beautiful. it made my day :]

  4. David (indiemuse)on 30 Oct 2006 at 7:06 pm

    I’m glad that you enjoy his music–that makes my day:)

    Also, I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to comment… it means a lot to me. Your comments help give the site a community feel that wouldn’t be there if it was just me talking. Without getting feedback on the site, and more importantly the music, it would be hard to know what artists to recommend, or if the site is even useful. I greatly appreciate your contributions, and I know that these lesser known musicians do to.

  5. Jenon 20 Sep 2008 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I love “Beautiful Children” – I think you can hear the sadness in his voice as he sings it.

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