Alright, after those last two fairly negative posts I’ve decided to produce something a little cheerier and in deference to that, here is a review of one of my favourite artists at the moment. Alexi Murdoch.
Alexi Murdoch is a singer/songwriter with a fun background. Born in London, raised in Scotland Greece and France (Wikifact) and now domiciled in the United States his music is relaxed, reflective and smooth and has been featured on films and in numerous American sitcoms. An influence he is most commonly associated with is Nick Drake; now I hope that doesn’t put too many of you off, I assure you he is considerably happier.
Alexi's first album, 'Time Without Consequence'
The first album of his I was exposed to was ‘Time Without Consequence’, at times a haunting record that just stunned me and took off with my shoes. It was my good ginger friend that introduced me and ever since I’ve been plugging away for this talented musician, trying to get as many people interested as I can. As much as I would love to have his music my own little secret, and I confess sometimes that can be nice, I’m not really the sort to keep it all to myself. You see; I like to share this kind of thing.
So above is ‘Song for You‘ which I think is just great.
Now the thing I really love about this guy is that he has repeatedly turned down record deals just to keep his musical integrity and gone it alone. Now some of you might say this is a squandering of talent and a waste of an opportunity and a bit too in keeping with said Nick Drake, but I think it honestly is the best way to go if you are as good as this guy. He needs to be free to do as he will to get the best out of himself and this way he can do that. In contrast with people like Drake and J.D. Salinger, Murdoch is not a semi-mental, albeit talented, recluse. He’s just a guy who buzzes off his music and enjoys playing to people who really appreciate his work. His goal is not domination of the stadia, but the pure pursuit of something he adores.
That is why I like him so much, and why I do so hope I’m not completely wrong in my assessment. From my ginger friend, I hear he still does live gigs in coffee shops still. That is fantastic. If I ever was as talented as that I’d do half my stuff as small as possible and free just for the hell of it.
Alexi Murdoch's second album 'Towards the Sun'
Now his second album, Towards the Sun is perhaps not quite so good as his first in my ears, and that may be because I’m so attached to the first. However it has some strong tracks on it and I cannot think of a nicer way to spend a hungover Sunday than to listen to this finger-pickin’ good artist and just contemplate stuff. The album is at the moment undergoing a 5000 copy run.
I bought one from his website, as I tend to when I’m too drunk to care about money, in October and it was no. 1017 so if you want it, there should still be time. At present I have only the mp3 version of Time Without Consequence, but as soon as I get the money or drunk enough again I’m going to grab me a hard copy.
Well this was my Alexi plug, check out these tracks: ‘Orange Sky’, ‘Breathe’ and ‘All of my Days’ from the first album. I haven’t heard his second enough to get a proper handle on the best tracks, but I know the title track was definitley a good’un.