Jeremy Larson

Jeremy Larson

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"Breathtaking...easily one of the year's best"- Absolute Punk "Sorrow has never sounded so sweet"- Darren King (MUTEMATH) "Each song stirs of inner grace and beauty"- Stacy Dupree (EISLEY) "Some of the most memorable choruses I've heard in a decade"- Media Jukie

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Biography

Taken from AbsolutePunk.net:

"Sure, whenever there is talk of a band in the music scene working their way up the ladder to “make it,” the phrase “DIY” gets tossed around perhaps a little too casually such that the true sense of it can be lost. And yes, the term is traditionally applied to touring and release mantra, but Jeremy Larson certainly looks to put his own twist on the idea. Whereas some artists have been known to kick out a side project while buddying up to an acoustic guitar and a protools rig (which can actually yield noteworthy results of its own), Larson takes it a giant leap forward. Adding drums, guitar, cello, trumpet, mandolin and various keyboards (among others) to his already socked cache of piano, upright bass, and vocal mastery, the man is truly a one man band, if not a one man orchestra.

On his self-titled debut, the results of Larson’s multifaceted skills are apparent from the get-go, as “The Thief” opens the album with giant string swells and pleasant, throaty vocals. Think Stephen Christian of Anberlin mixed with an earthy anchoring of Ryan O’Neal from Sleeping at Last, and your expectations will be well-met. When Jeremy belts out, “You stole the sun” amidst a sea of strings and crashing percussion, it is hard not to be impressed by the pure majesty of such a songwriting exhibition. And all this comes within the first cut.

From there, Larson comes back down to earth for a bit, with the somber piano balladry of “The Colony” and the cool thoughtfulness (and unexpected catchiness) of “A Neutral Conclusion.” Larson really hits his stride, however, on the next two tracks when he cranks the beauty dial past 10. On “The Sound of Snow,” a sparse piano intro leads into Larson’s dulcet croon – a combination that magnifies the emotional impact of the song beneath. The track then rises and falls in intervals that keep the track engaging, highlighting Larson’s fundamental skills as a songwriter. Capitalizing on this momentum, the record crests with the tremendous splendor of “Swim,” a song begging to be featured in the most poignant parts of every single movie and TV show in production. The piece wisely centers about Larson’s expert vocals (where he sounds eerily like our beloved Anberlin/Anchor & Braille frontman), and stirs in elegant dashes of keys, cymbals, and vocal accents to paint a picture that is sincerely touching and moving. The song still doles out handfuls of goosebumps, and this is after countless spins.

After these peaks, Larson’s record loses little steam – it instead offers up gratifying variations on composition types rather infrequently heard in this scene’s music. There is the slow, meandering bittersweetness of “Make Believe,” the chilly atmospherics of “Frozen Lake,” the yearning emotion of “A Narrow Escape,” and an overarching mastery of so many elements previously flirted with on the stellar “When Morning Comes.” There is nary a track to skip on Larson’s offering – a rare feat in and of itself.

While the term “genius” is certainly used a bit recklessly nowadays, there are few other words so fundamentally appropriate to describe Jeremy Larson’s aptitude for his craft. From his thought-provoking and insightful lyrics to his intelligently constructed arrangements, it is easy and most welcome to get swept up in the grandeur of these tunes. The future here is bright – we should all be looking forward to what Jeremy Larson and his many instruments give us next."

Discography

"Swim" EP -Outlook Music Company 2007
"Self-Titled" -Outlook Music Company 2007
"Salvation Club"- Independently Released 2008

Set List

Set is roughly 45 minutes. Shows are typically performed solo, and five to six instruments are used to create loops. Example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBLZLCbNpqY