Jeremy – The Solar King (2013)

I would bet a pepperoni pizza that Jeremy Morris is the most prolific artist in the history of recorded music.

The Portage, Michigan resident sings, writes songs, plays a flurry of different instruments and runs his own label. He has been creating music since he was a teenager, but didn’t actually start putting his wares to vinyl until the late-1980s as a young adult.

Since then, he reliably releases several discs a year and regularly appears on compilations.

Consisting of tapes recorded between 1980 and 1982, The Solar King (JAM Recordings) was slated to be Jeremy’s first official album. But the disc was shelved when his brother, Mike, the drummer, lost interest in the project. Jeremy, however, saved the recordings and now here they are!

Those of you acquainted with Jeremy’s fine music will be pleased to hear The Solar King sports the same sound and vision as the striking stuff he produces today. Bright and shiny Beatle-esque vocals, sparkling with clarity and fidelity, crossed with strains of power pop panache and classy progressive rock applications are the inviting ingredients these thrilling tunes are molded of.

Crushing chords intersect kindly with sweeping keyboards and muscular drum work, leading to a recording blooming with challenging and ambitious arrangements. The performances are confident and efficient, but the approach remains loose and lively. Gigantic melodies and soaring rhythms bode well with improvisational moments, while forays into dreamy Pink Floyd styled space age rock further materialize throughout the disc.

Jeremy’s stunning guitar skills, which bring to mind the flash and fury of Ritchie Blackmore, will certainly appeal to heavy metal heads. Pop enthusiasts are also guaranteed to appreciate the record, as oodles of compact hooks and harmonious beauty additionally drive the tracks.

Arty but accessible, The Solar King glimmers and grooves with fascinating instrumentation and inspiring moods. Thank you, Jeremy, for hanging onto these songs and sharing them with your many fans!

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Jeremy Morris’ ‘The Solar King’ is available through JAM Recordings. Click here: http://www.jamrecordings.com/catalog.php?inventory_id=2499

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" hit No. 4 on the national charts, which is ironically, one of her favorite songs - especially the version by John Lennon. She has contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as associate editor of Rock Beat International. Her own publications have included Inside Out, and Twist And Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.