Album Review: Alexi Murdoch – Towards The Sun
It’s the Justin Vernon effect – earnest-looking young men armed with artfully-battered guitars, broken hearts and impressive crops of facial hair are ten-a-penny nowadays. And its tough being a small fish in a humongous pond, as Scottish-born troubadour Alexi Murdoch should know. After having his music featured in the credibility void that is The O.C., he’s been taking the scenic route to success – avoiding the glitz and glamour of major labels and opting to release through his own record label, Zero Summer. Which is all very admirable, but no matter how humble its conception, ‘Towards The Sun’ still sounds like the sort of thing you mum would tap along to on the way to M&S. Each track is the same, formulaic shuffle of sparse finger-pickings, murmured, Nick Drake-aping vocals, and crushing, semi-holy reams of silence. Perhaps the desired effect was a ‘For Emma’-esque pilgrimage, but it’s enough to make you feel like a restless kid fidgeting in the back pews. That’s not to say Murdoch doesn’t have talent – some moments, like the lilting title track, putter along nicely – but Alexi’s talents would be much better showcased by a musical palette in anything other than beige. Katherine Rodgers
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KEY TRACKS: ‘TOWARDS THE SUN’ …ERR, THAT’S IT, REALLY.
FOR FANS OF: NICK DRAKE, JUSTIN VERNON, DAMIEN RICE.
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