The track is just the fourth solo release from the rapidly emerging artist.
The fixation on wanting someone you can’t have is something that is a near universal feeling that we all feel at some point or another, if put in the situation. Latest Jess Ball single ‘Messed Up’ does a really engaging and slick job of articulating this feeling and making it into a huge, alt-pop anthem.
The track has a killer sense of dynamism and cutting edge to it, from the singer’s effortlessly cool delivery and the composure of her vocals, to the subversive and distinctive electronic soundscape. Since her emergence as an artist with her debut solo single ‘Upside Down’ in 2021, Jess has continued to go from strength to strength and showcase her unique appeal as an artist, and ‘Messed Up’ is just the latest huge triumph from her. The sky is truly the limit for Jess Ball.
“I wrote ‘Messed Up’ about being driven insane by the desire for something or someone you simply cannot have,” explains Jess. “The song basically preaches the opposite of ‘out of sight out of mind’ and instead draws on how being denied of something/someone makes you obsess over it/them even more. ‘Messed Up’ exploits this obsession for how irrational and all-consuming it can become. You may not have even been interested in the first place, but when something/someone is no longer an option for you, it suddenly becomes all the more appealing.”