Towards The Sun

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his second full-length album, Scottish-by-way-of-Los-Angeles folk singer/songwriter Alexi Murdoch continues to explore a quiet, contemplative style reminiscent of Nick Drake. Another comparison would be the early, folky fellow Scotsman Donovan of "Try for the Sun" and "Colours." Murdoch sets up simple, repetitive fingerpicked patterns on his acoustic guitar, adding quiet horn and keyboard parts in the back of the mix, and over this music he murmurs introspective, poetic lyrics in which he uses typical nature imagery and abstract contrasts (light and dark is a favorite) to reflect on relationships with relatives and other loved ones. This is minimalist music in which...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On his second full-length album, Scottish-by-way-of-Los-Angeles folk singer/songwriter Alexi Murdoch continues to explore a quiet, contemplative style reminiscent of Nick Drake. Another comparison would be the early, folky fellow Scotsman Donovan of "Try for the Sun" and "Colours." Murdoch sets up simple, repetitive fingerpicked patterns on his acoustic guitar, adding quiet horn and keyboard parts in the back of the mix, and over this music he murmurs introspective, poetic lyrics in which he uses typical nature imagery and abstract contrasts (light and dark is a favorite) to reflect on relationships with relatives and other loved ones. This is minimalist music in which the musician, in his words and arrangements, is tracing only the barest outlines, expecting the listener to fill in the feelings he only suggests. It is appropriate that the album ends with the last part of "Crinan Wood," a song that lists at 8:45, although it isn't really any longer, as a song, than the other tracks, it's just that the last three minutes subside into an ambient instrumental, a long, slow journey into silence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Zero Summer
  • UPC: 881626937228
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 39,052

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexi Murdoch Primary Artist
Joel Shearer Guitar
Jon Natchez Clarinet, Horn
Dawn Landes Voices
Jim Smith Trumpet
Kelly Pratt Horn
Kyle Resnick Trumpet
Technical Credits
Will Schillinger Engineer
Jim Smith Engineer
Alexi Murdoch Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Chris Michel Engineer
Philip Murdoch Cover Photo
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