June 9, 2014
Jeremy Messersmith’s distinctive style and sound has drawn attention from many prominent music fans over the years, including Jim McGuinn, the program director at Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current, which championed Messersmith’s songs from the moment he first dropped off his debut album, unassumingly wrapped in a brown paper lunch bag, at the radio station's studio. Messersmith delivers heady, substantial ideas in pop song form, but his songs never become bogged down by the weight of the subject matter due to Messersmith’s vibrant arrangements and the deft production of his longtime musical partner, Andy Thompson — along with the veteran touch of producer Ben Allen and the musical contributions of a host of talented Twin Cities musicians — who all help perfectly capture the impassioned spirit of these songs.
The hooks scattered throughout Messersmith's new album, Heart Murmurs, are massive and relentlessly catchy, with acoustic and electric guitars blending elegantly with spiraling string arrangements and other sonic flourishes. It’s the sound of an artist not afraid to go big in order to be heard, and Messersmith continues packing plenty of evocative substance within his soaring pop songs.